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District OR 1 Ag Science Receives $10,000 Monsanto Fund Grant

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NOMINATIONs  FROM LOCAL FARMErs HELP District OR 1 Schools Ag Science  WIN $10,000 grant 

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Partners with Farmers to Make a Difference in their Local Communities by Nominating Rural Schools for $2.3 Million in Grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education


District OR 1 School Ag Science program is just one of the many success stories of the Grow Rural Education program.

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, school districts had to be nominated by farmers in eligible counties to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Nominated school districts then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. The program’s Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country with an interest in agriculture and education, reviewed the finalist applications and selected the winning school districts, including District OR 1 Ag Science Program

“The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program works with farmers to help make their local communities a better place by preparing their students for successful careers,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “The schools we’ve worked with tell us that the grants they receive through the Grow Rural Education program have real results. In many cases, students seem more excited and interested in what they’re learning and the programs funded by these grants have resulted in higher student engagement in STEM.”

  • District OR 1 Schools will use the Grow Rural Education grant to develop Palmyra Agriculture Leading to Science and Technology program.  The program will upgrade the Ag science curriculum, equipment and skills to meet Agriscience Standards. The program will also purchase five Tower Garden structures to be shared in the Ag Science room, Biology room and the Elementary School. Ag science students will develop curriculum and lesson plans to Mentor elementary students and community about growing their own food and healthy nutrition lifestyle choices
  • Since the Grow Rural Education program began in 2011, the program has awarded more than $14 million in grants to rural public school districts.
  • Thanks to the local farmers who nominated District OR1 for the grant application.
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