SaskCanola has announced it is more than doubling its financial support for Saskatchewan’s Agriculture in the Classroom program.
The grower organization has decided to contribute $50,000 annually to AITC-SK, up from $20,000 previously.
“Agriculture education is more important than ever as social licence is a growing issue. As the consuming public becomes increasingly skeptical, the agriculture industry needs to take the lead in defining what good stewardship means and to demonstrate what farmers are doing right,” explained SaskCanola executive director Janice Tranberg.
Sara Shymko, AITC-SK’s executive director, welcomed the increased sponsorship: “With solid support from the agriculture industry, AITC-SK has the opportunity to meet the growing demand for agriculture education.”
In 2014, AITC-SK programs reached 38,600 students through 416 schools from 204 Saskatchewan communities.
AITC-SK is also one of seven founding members in the Agriculture in the Classrom-Canada organization launched earlier this month.