Grants for Agriculture Education

Agriculture education is more than just studying how we produce the food we consume to keep our bodies functioning properly. It involves a multi-discipline approach to develop strategies and plans to increase crop and livestock production through efficient soil and water management. It also includes studies about nutrition and other food education subjects. The ultimate goal of agriculture education is to improve the quality of life of all people through increased food production, conservation of resources and provision of nutritious foods. Towards this end, the government and some private institutions concerned with food security of the country have provided grants for agriculture education. Together, they work to give our farmers financial and service supports to make sure that we continue to pave the way towards food sufficiency and security.

Secondary and 2-Year Post Secondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants

These grants are administered by the Department of Agriculture through the office of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This program seeks to enhance our national curriculum in agriculture education through different approaches such as increasing competencies of agriculture teachers, arousing interest in young people to pursue degrees in agriculture, and promoting the inclusion of agribusiness and agriscience into our school educational system. Eligible applicants can get more information from the grant’s headquarters:

Science and Education Resources Development
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2251
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Telephone: (202) 401-2855 or 720-1973
Fax: (202) 720-2030.
Website: http://www.nifa.usda.gov

Agriculture and Rural Economic Research Grants

This program aims to provide relevant economic information and analysis that can be used by those involved in making decisions and pertinent policies that affect agriculture, natural resources, food production, and rural areas in the country. It is administered by the USDA through the office of Economic Research Service (ERS). Eligible applicants include individuals or organizations based in the US and its territories. You can obtain more information about this program here:

1800 M Street NW, Room N-5125
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Telephone: (202) 694-5199.
Website: http://www.ers.usda.gov

National Agricultural Library Grants

This program is administered by the USDA through the Agricultural Research Service office. It is aimed at serving as the country’s primary source of agricultural information by providing products and services using modern electronic means to the public and anyone who wants to use them. You can contact the regional offices of the ARS or send your inquiries about the program to:

5601 Sunnyside Ave, MS-5110
Betsville, Maryland 20705
Telephone: (301) 504-1702.
Website: http://www.nal.usda.gov

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