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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom offers grants to teachers

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is accepting grant applications for its 2014 Ag Literacy Grant Program. Up to $400 of special project grant funding is available to K-12 practicing teachers wishing to bring agriculture “to life” in the classroom, garden or on a field trip.

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The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 15.

The goal is to provide a financial incentive for teachers to effectively integrate agricultural content into core academic subjects such as science, social studies or language arts.

“We know teachers are always in need of funds to help them engage their students in special ways,” said Al Withers, MAITC program director. “It’s amazing what they can do and the positive impact they can have on their students’ learning with just a few hundred dollars in their lesson plan budget.”

MAITC is looking to support grant applications for field trips to farms or agriculture processing sites, school gardens, and other unique projects aimed at educating youth about agriculture.

To access the online grant application, visit, www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc. All 2014 calendar year grants will be funded based on applications received by January 15.

MAITC is a public/private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the MAITC Foundation. The program provides a variety of K-12 educational materials and professional development opportunities to Minnesota’s education community.

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