National Corn Growers Association is excited to announce the official launch of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program called Nourish the Future. The effort, funded with the support of corn state checkoff investment, kicked off with a virtual meeting of the Teacher Leadership Community.
“Biology and chemistry teachers from across the country were selected to participate in the inaugural year-long program,” said NCGA Research and Productivity Director, Robyn Allscheid. “The goal is to help these teachers identify opportunities to introduce agriculture topics into their classrooms and provide leadership and mentoring opportunities.”
The next step for Nourish the Future will be a workshop during Commodity Classic in San Antonio Feb. 26-29, 2020. The group will learn about a broad range of subjects from the role of genetics in feeding a growing population to fermentation and the chemistry of biofuels. The selected teachers will be joined by an additional group of 30 Texas teachers for a portion of the training.
You can see a full list of teachers selected for the leadership community here: https://nourishthefuture.org/teachers.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.