Local Foods, Urban Youth and Ag Students Benefit from Gifts

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Growing local foods, urban youth interested in agriculture financing and students studying agriculture at a junior college are the newest recipients of donations from the 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund through the IAA Foundation.

In 2014, $118,500 from the fund will be distributed to 14 groups, including Northern Illinois University’s School for Local Food Planning and Technical Assistance Program, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Ag Finance Pathway and the Joliet Junior College’s Department of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences.

“Working with groups that serve farmers, children and consumers, who are growing and nurturing future leaders, fits in our mission,” said Roger Schrodt, 1st Farm Credit Services Board of Directors Vice Chairperson. “Farmers have a passion for planning for the future, planting and caring for plants and animals, tending them and helping them to grow. I commend all of these groups for their excellent work.”

The 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund through the IAA Foundation was created in 2010 to help promote and fund programs dedicated to agriculture education, youth and leadership. The association has provided $1.25 million to the fund.  This is the fourth year for distributions from the fund, and to date, $380,000 has been distributed.

All of groups receiving funds in 2014 were announced last week. The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) received $19,000. The additional groups and programs include:

  • University of Illinois – for education through the Department of Agriculture
  • Illinois State University – for education through the Department of Agriculture
  • Western Illinois University – for education through the Department of Agriculture
  • Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom – for enhancing student & teacher ag literacy
  • Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation – for leadership development
  • Illinois FFA – for education and leadership development
  • Illinois 4-H – for education and leadership development
  • AgrAbility Unlimited – for farm safety education and accessibility assistance
  • Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation – for engaging urban youth in ag education experiences
  • Annie’s Project - for empowering farm women to be better business partners through education networks
  • Illinois Agri-Women: Women Changing the Face of Agriculture – for leadership development.

In 2013, money from the Donor Advised Fund impacted more than 800,000, by exposing people to programs that promote agriculture education, youth and leadership.

“Reflecting on the work accomplished by these organizations in the past year only further reinforces our funding decisions for 2014, said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation Director. “Administering this fund on behalf of 1st Farm Credit truly brings together so much positive work in agriculture, and we are glad to be a part of this movement.” 

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Learn more about the IAA Foundation

Click here to learn more about the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

The Foundation:

  • Provides scholarships for agriculture and agribusiness students
  • Helps fund research
  • Supports projects to develop farm leaders
  • Supports other charitable causes

Find out more about Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC)

Click here to learn more about the IAITC program at Illinois Farm Bureau.

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC):

  • Helps kids learn the truth about agriculture
  • Provides free teaching materials for schools
  • Provides teaching workshops for teachers