Farm Bureau Offers Grants To Teachers

Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow the budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2016-17 school year. Grants of up to $250 each will be awarded for original and creative activities or programs that increase the understanding of agriculture among students.

“Agriculture has no subject boundaries,” said Elise Stoddard, Florida Farm Bureau leadership programs coordinator. “We encourage teachers who are incorporating agricultural principles into any subject area to apply for the grant.”

Grant applications are due Sept. 15. Winners of the grant will be notified no later than Nov. 15 via e-mail. Educators can apply for the grant by visiting

The mini-grant program is part of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s commitment to support agricultural education in classrooms across Florida.

A total of up to $20,000 will be awarded in mini-grants throughout the 2016-17 school year. Last year, 53 Florida teachers received grant funding for their agricultural projects.

The Florida Farm Bureau has awarded more than $160,000 in total grants toward promoting agriculture in the classroom since the program’s inception in 1998.

Florida Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general agricultural organization, representing more than 144,000 member-families and serving to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.