Indiana's Family of Farmers was formed in 2009 to raise awareness that Indiana's farmers are among the top producers of grains, produce and meats you eat every day.
But what about food grown and raised by FFA members to eventually land on their fellow students' lunch plates? That is exactly what Hagerstown FFA proposed in their grant request to IFOF.
This is the third year that grants of up to $2000 were available to improve educational agriculture-related events around Indiana. The fund, made possible through the IFOF Ag Resource Committee, may be used by local event organizers to fund educational or outreach events focused on food and fiber.
This can include Ag Days, Community Agriculture Days, County Fairs and school events to name a few. Grant applicants may also request monies to make capital improvements or safety upgrades as well.
A portion of the funds have been set aside specifically to fund projects executed by youth organizations such as FFA chapters, 4H clubs, collegiate groups, youth commodity organizations, etc. This category emphasizes youth leadership in the program (not necessarily a program targeted at youth or children.)
"Local educational events are a great way to help Hoosiers learn more about all the aspects of agriculture in Indiana," said Denise Derrer, public information director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and IFOF Ag Resource Committee Chairman.
So why not fence for cattle? It's a capital improvement and an education resource all in one. IFOF awarded the Hagerstown FFA Chapter a grant through their grant program to do just that.
The FFA Chapter will raise beef that will be used in the school cafeteria. Cattle should be ready for processing in November of this year. Meat that is not needed by the school will be sold and funds will be used to purchase more cattle for the next year.