Teachers,
 
For those who may be interested, I am sending some information on classroom grants from the Georgia Agribusiness Council. The deadline to apply is October 31. They will be awarding four $500 grants.
 
COMMERCE, Ga. – For the eleventh year, the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is pleased to offer the GAC Dr. Joe B. Crane Memorial Classroom Grant Program where up to four Georgia classrooms will each be awarded a grant to help teachers fund special classroom agricultural projects.  GAC wants to provide teachers with the resources needed to bring agriculture to Georgia students.  Since its inception, GAC has awarded more than 30 grants totaling nearly $17,000 to Georgia schools.
Every K-12 classroom teacher interested in focusing on agriculture is eligible to apply for a grant.  The deadline is October 31, 2010.  Applications are available via the GAC website at www.ga-agribusiness.org or by calling the GAC office at 706/336-6830.  Each applicant is asked to provide the following information for their proposed agricultural school project: project title, objectives, plan of action, impact and evaluation, and budget.  There are many important agriculture lessons for consideration. These include, but are not limited to, environmental stewardship of farming practices, the safe use of fertilizers and chemicals, food and fiber production and processing, as well as looking at agriculture history and the future.
The Education Committee of the Council will review all completed grant applications and awards will be awarded in November.  This year, GAC is offering up to four $500 grants. 
Georgia food and fiber production and processing agribusiness is a $65 billion industry, accounting for more than 8% of the state’s economy and 351,000 jobs in 2008.  The GAC, a non-profit organization, serves as the voice for Georgia’s massive, complex business of agriculture.  The Council’s mission is “To advance the business of agriculture through economic development, environmental stewardship and education to improve the quality of life for all Georgians.”  More information on the Georgia Agribusiness Council can be obtained by visiting www.ga-agribusiness.org or calling 800/726-2474.
 
Christy Page
Georgia Agribusiness Council
1655 South Elm St.
P.O. Box 119
Commerce, GA 30529
800-726-2474
Fax: 706/336-6898
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www.ga-agribusiness.org

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Chris Corzine
Central Region Agricultural Education Coordinator
Georgia Department of Education
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Dr.
Ft. Valley, GA 31030
Office-478-822-7385