The government of Manitoba and the Manitoba 4-H Council have selected Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba (AITC-M) as the first recipient of a new grant program.

The Alexander Cherban Agriculture Industry Development Program was launched by the Manitoba government in 2020 to support activities that strengthen industry development and leadership in the agriculture and food industry. The program is administered by the Manitoba 4-H Council.

“We are pleased to honour the fine work of Agriculture in the Classroom as it helps shape young minds and inspire future leaders in the field,” says Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “This important work helps shape our youth and help develop a better understanding of the important role agriculture plays in all our lives.”

AITC-M’s project, entitled “The Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture Educator Primer,” will provide education and awareness to enhance public trust in agriculture. The project will use printed and online materials to introduce the foundations of primary agriculture production.

“We are beyond thrilled to be the recipients of this incredible grant,” says Sue Clayton, executive director at AITC-M. “This new foundational resource will allow us to make major strides in educating teachers about agriculture in Manitoba, and in turn, expand our reach to more students in the coming years. It’s wonderful to reach students with our programs and resources, but when we can educate teachers, the expanse of our reach multiplies to hundreds or even thousands.”

The new program provides up to $50,000 per year for projects from Manitoba non-profit organizations, governments, or academic institutions.

The deadline for the next intake of the Alexander Cherban Agriculture Industry Development Program is July 31. More information can be found here.

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