DuPont Pioneer donation to fund ag career materials
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) will introduce fourth graders to agriculture-related careers thanks to a $25,000 donation from DuPont Pioneer.
Published: Oct 30, 2012
The recent donation will be used to update an ag career Ag Mag, an educational magazine featuring agriculture, said Kevin Daugherty, Illinois Farm Bureau education director. IAITC’s information will dovetail with new ag career information aimed at Illinois high school students, he noted.
“As the industry continues to grow, there is a need for more talented individuals, and this initiative will encourage students to pursue a career in agriculture,” said Brad Lance, director of DuPont Pioneer’s heartland business unit.
“These dollars are going to help get a much-needed new initiative off the ground,” said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation director. “Funding like this has become so critical in order to keep our efforts going. I thank and commend Pioneer for making an investment that will reap benefits to agriculture for generations to come.
The updated ag career information will use language arts, math, and science to introduce students to careers in plant science, animal science, and other agricultural fields. The materials also will prepare students to meet new statewide learning standards, referred to as common core, Daugherty said.
“This information will be one component of an ag literacy and career portfolio” that will be aimed at students in fourth grade through middle school, he added.
IAITC is the top funding priority of the IAA Foundation. Funding from agribusiness and related industries, state government, commodity groups, and individual donors helps the foundation reach its annual goals to raise funds to implement IAITC programs and provide teaching resources.
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