DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred has donated $500,000 to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for a virtual education program called, My American Farm. Paid over three years, the Pioneer donation will help the foundation continue to build agricultural awareness and understanding through education.
The project teaches agricultural literacy to consumers and the public through an interactive computer game. Players learn the sources of food as well as how products get from the farm to their dinner plate. “The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has identified a great opportunity for teaching the public about modern agriculture,” says Frank Ross, vice president and regional director for Pioneer, North America.
“Through science and productivity, farmers are feeding the world and bettering the lives of people every day. We are pleased to partner on this initiative and support the cause of increased agricultural literacy.”
The My American Farm virtual education program is anticipated to engage millions of youth, teachers and parents over the next five years. On the Web site, http://www.myamericanfarm.org/, children will be entertained by playing games while learning math, social studies, language arts and science in the context of agriculture and food production.
The program provides high-quality educational resources for educators as well, adding to the materials provided by Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom network. “The financial support of Pioneer Hi-Bred is critical for the success of the My American Farm project,” says Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “We greatly appreciate the support and commitment to increase agricultural literacy through this important project.”