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Hands-on Learning Generates Ag Awareness and Education

Dec 11, 2019, 21:30 PM by Frontier Farm Credit Staff Reports
Find out how educational programs like GrainBridge and Operating Wildlife are preparing the next generation of Kansas producers.

FFA students from 32 schools within eastern Kansas are gaining budgeting, grain marketing and farm business planning skills thanks to GrainBridge, a program that provides web-based farm risk management curriculum tools at no cost to educators and students in agricultural classrooms as part of Frontier Farm Credit’s funding support.

Through the instruction of 20 interactive modules, students walk away with a better understanding of how to manage risk from pre-planning to point of sale using live market data. They also practice managing virtual farms and ranches by stimulating market events and scenarios that affect profitability.

"Teachers love the real-world applications of the program and its relevance to what is happening in production ag today."
– Jordyn Bader

“We often hear from teachers that they love the real-world applications of the program and its relevance to what is happening in production ag today,” says GrainBridge education and outreach coordinator Jordyn Bader.

According to Bader, the experiential learning tool is making an impact outside of the classroom, too.

“We have a number of students who are transitioning what they are learning in the classroom and applying it to their family’s operation or even their own production-based project as part of their supervised agricultural experience,” says Bader.

Making Connections Between Pollinators and Production Agriculture

Another educational outreach program organized by Operation WildLife, is working to expose elementary students to the important environmental role honeybees play as pollinators.

Students in participating schools will be able to see honeybees at work in a portable observation hive while learning about their social structure, the special challenges they face and how they benefit food and agriculture systems.

“As part of our mission to provide wildlife education, we decided to branch out and do outreach education in the classroom emphasizing the primary role honeybees play as pollinators,” says Diane Johnson, executive director of Operation WildLife.

“Education starts early, and if we can make children aware of honeybees up close and personal, the more they will understand their value.”

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Our Commitment

 

Serving rural America means more than financing those who farm and ranch.

Our community involvement program focuses on ag education, hunger and nutrition, and rural disaster relief / essential services. We support these initiatives through employee volunteering, financial contributions and grants.

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Working Here Fund Grants

Our Working Here Fund grant program supports projects and nonprofit organizations that align with our mission to serve agriculture and rural communities. These grants make a positive impact in eastern Kansas.

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Ag Education

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Hunger and Nutrition

Medical Tent

Rural Disaster Relief / Essential Services


Three funding options are available to serve programs and projects of every size.

Grants Awarded Quarterly

Up to
$5,000

Grants Awarded Twice a Year

Up to $15,000

Up to $25,000

In Our Communities

Volunteering is one of many ways we serve the communities we and our customer-owners call home. Each year, we allocate 16+ hours of paid time to employees to volunteer at local organizations of their choosing. When employees volunteer as a group, we provide matching dollars to the organization.

We also match employees' direct donations to nonprofit organizations – up to $500 per employee per year to maximize their impact.

Scholarships

We offer annual scholarships to qualified students studying agriculture at land grant universities and community colleges in Kansas.

Land Grant University Scholarships

Scholarship Amount

$2,500

Scholarships Awarded

8 per university

Qualifying Universities

  • Kansas State University

Community College Scholarships

Scholarship Amount

$2,000

Scholarships Awarded

2 per college

Participating Colleges

  • Highland Community College
  • Allen County Community College

Community Involvement Contacts

For more information about our community involvement program, contact your local Frontier Farm Credit office or email community@frontierfarmcredit.com.