Iowa Farm Bureau Contributes $250,000 to FFA Foundation’s S. T. E. M. Education Initiative

The Iowa FFA Foundation is proud to announce the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) as an Official partner in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with their contribution of $250,000 to the S.T.E.M. effort. Through this exciting and generous gift, the IFBF will enable the Iowa FFA Foundation to continue to award grants to agricultural educators to implement the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education™ (CASE™) program.

CASE is a program that is designed and written by agriculture educators for agriculture educators. CASE is a structured sequence of agriculture courses and serves as a model for elevating the rigor and relevance of agricultural education. Classroom instruction is enhanced to meet the needs of today’s agriculture students without sacrifice to FFA and Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) instruction. The Iowa FFA Foundation is the service provider for CASE in Iowa and hosts curriculum professional development institutes at the state of the art FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

“We want to ensure every student and educator is able to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success without financial burden, continuing to strengthen agriculture in Iowa,” said Josh Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation executive director. “Our vision for this great partnership with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will allow numerous agricultural educators and their students for many years to come the opportunity to develop S.T.E.M. skills to enhance the leadership and technical skills needed to enter a career in Iowa’s agricultural economy.”

“Farm Bureau has long been a supporter of Iowa youth and finding ways to showcase the many opportunities available to them in agriculture. These opportunities aren’t limited to planting crops or raising livestock; the future of farming will begin by supporting innovation that improve the ways we farm, which is what S.T.E.M. is all about,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “The CASE curriculum provided by the Iowa FFA Foundation is the key to the future of Iowa agriculture and the many young men and women who will break new ground in areas of food production, renewable energy or environmental sustainability.”

This partnership will enhance the previous partnership between the Iowa FFA Foundation and the Governor’s S.T.E.M. Advisory Council, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; Mary Andringa, CEO of Vermeer; and Dr. Jeff Weld, who serves as Executive Director. The Governor’s S.T.E.M. Advisory Council has awarded more than $2 million in grant funds to the Iowa FFA Foundation to support more than 150 local programs including professional development for agricultural educators and providing technical equipment for classrooms since the beginning of this program in 2012. Through the generous contribution of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the Iowa FFA Foundation will be able to further develop this partnership to offer more awards to educators across Iowa.