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Farm Bureau grant funds local school project

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A grant from the  Florida Farm Bureau will support a special learning experience for a group of students at Madison County Excel School.  The grant has been awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year under Farm Bureau’s statewide, competitive Ag in the Classroom Program.

Linda McFarland, a teacher at Madison County Excel School, earned the funding by submitting a successful application for a project that involves a salad garden.  These students will get the soil ready, plant the garden and nurture and care for the garden until it is time for harvest.

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Linda McFarland, a teacher at Madison County Excel School, earned a Farm Bureau Grant under Farm Bureau’s statewide, competitive Ag in the Classroom Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Lindsey Lawson, Madison Farm Bureau; Jada Williams, Principal at Madison County Excel School; Linda McFarland, teacher at Madison County Excel School; Marcus Stephens, student at Madison County Excel School; Ginny Paarlberg, Madison Farm Bureau; and Brad Dick, Florida Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Bureau Mini-Grants are offered annually to certified classroom teachers who serve young people in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The grants are intended to help promote a better understanding of contemporary agriculture among students and teachers.Many successful projects supported by the program include innovative interdisciplinary approaches to social studies, mathematics, language arts, physical science and natural resource management.

Florida Farm Bureau has awarded mini-grants totaling over $20,000 to teachers across the state for the 2016-2017 academic year.

For more information about the Florida Farm Bureau Ag in The Classroom Program, contact your local Madison Farm Bureau (850) 973-4071 or the State office at (352) 378-1321.

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