Ag Literacy Grants Available

All Iowans are involved in agriculture by eating food and wearing clothes. Nearly 1 in 5 jobs in Iowa is in the agriculture industry. Yet most Iowans have no direct connection to agriculture production or the agriculture industry.


To help address this gap, we are excited to offer the Agriculture Literacy Challenge; a grant opportunity encouraging county Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, county extension programs, soil and water conservation districts, and others to develop educational outreach efforts for those who are not familiar with agriculture. Five grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 each.


The intent of this program is to increase agricultural awareness and knowledge among people of all ages. Some ideas include: educating elementary school students about where their food comes from or teaching adults about the vast industry of agriculture. Activities might include FarmChat® (connecting audiences to farms via a platform like Skype) or a variety of other agriculture literacy activities and programming.


Activities and events should use at least one lesson plan, activity kit, book, publication or other lending library item from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Lesson plans, activity kits, books, publications, games and teaching resources are available online at Applications must be submitted on or before midnight central time Sunday, April 1. Projects/events must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2018.


For more information and to submit an application online please visit:

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