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Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom awards teacher mini-grants

MADISON —The Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program has awarded 13 teacher mini-grants for agricultural literacy lessons and activities.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation provided this funding, that may not be available through local school budgets, for teachers to share information about food, fuel and fiber production.

The following area teachers were awarded $100 grants:

Ready for Rural Life!

Kirstin Thompson - Greenfield Elementary, Baldwin

Grant dollars will be used to support an oral history unit as students interview people about their rural life experiences. This project will lead students to research rural life skills, seek out experts in the community and complete an oral presentation on the information they gathered.

School Greenhouse Upgrades

Lisa Wasson - Houlton Elementary, Houlton

The grant will help purchase screens for the vents on the school greenhouse where fourth-grade students will learn to plant corn, beans and squash for the 3 Sisters Garden, part of the Native Americans Farming Society unit.

Tim Olson - Houlton Elementary, Houlton

This grant will purchase additional screens and vents needed for the school's greenhouse. Plants grown in the greenhouse are part of a Native American farming practices unit which focuses on characteristics and life cycles of organisms.

Greenhouse Equipment Upgrade

Patrick Sahli - Houlton Elementary, Houlton

Houlton Elementary will use this grant to help fund equipment that will improve ventilation in the current greenhouse. Students will observe and note changes that occur because of improved ventilation and differences in insect infiltration rates.

The Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom program also has matching grants available to groups and organizations that conduct agricultural literacy projects. Applications are due by March 1 and can be obtained at or by contacting Darlene Arneson at 608-828-5644 or

Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students K-12 with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation's largest industry: agriculture.