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Governments invest in agriculture education programming


March 3, 2019
By Fruit and Veg magazine

The Canadian and Manitoba governments are providing $99,400 over two years through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.

Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba’s programming plays an integral role in increasing public awareness of on-farm practices and agri-food processing by sharing accurate, balanced and current information to 30,000 students and teachers annually. Programming is delivered at all grade levels and builds an understanding of the impact of agriculture in Manitoba.

“We are proud to be supporting Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba and the educational programming they’re providing to our students in Manitoba. Agriculture is a critical part of Manitoba’s overall economy, and raising awareness and giving these students this opportunity at such a young age is an incredible experience,” said Ralph Eichler, Manitoba Agriculture Minister.

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Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba delivers curriculum-based programs, activities and resources for teachers and their students to learn more about agriculture and the role it plays in in Manitoba.

March 1st marked the beginning of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month, where Agriculture in the Classroom organizations from across the country allow students to participate in activities to learn about, and connect and understand the agriculture industry. Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba will be coordinating classroom visits with farmers and industry representatives across the province.

The five-year, $3 billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services.

“Our goal is to ensure all Manitoba students, by the time they graduate, have enough accurate information to make informed consumer decisions. Agricultural education initiatives like Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month allow thousands of students to make meaningful connections to food and farming early on. With generous support from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program, more students will be able to expand and deepen their relationship with Canadian agriculture,” said Sue Clayton, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.