North Dakota Beef Commission awards grants to state educators and extension workers

The North Dakota Beef Commission (NDBC) has awarded $ 35,000 in Beef Education Mini Grants to North Dakota Consumer and Family Science Educators (FACS), teachers, and agricultural education programs ( AG ED) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) extension officers across the state. Competitive grants are to be used for the purchase of beef for use in the school curriculum and youth / adult classes on beef selection, storage, preparation and nutrition.

Grant funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are only available to North Dakota schools and NDSU outreach offices. Selection criteria include the number of students / youth involved, the duration of the activity / course and the measured impact of the youth on consumption and demand for beef. The NDBC also provides support resources to educators and extension workers with a beef-based program.

NDBC mini-grants and educational materials are provided by the beef producers who fund the Beef Checkoff. “The Beef Mini Grants are an important part of NDBC’s efforts to educate consumers, and especially our young consumers, about choosing and preparing beef as part of healthy eating,” says Nicole Wardner. , NDBC Consumer Marketing and Industry Relations Specialist. “Our educators and extension workers work hard to reach young people and adults across the state, and NDBC is proud to assist them in their efforts.”

Thirty-two FACS educators received a total of $ 8,000 in mini beef grants. Each of the following schools received a grant of $ 250: Central Cass, Lisbon, Bottineau, Ellendale, Northwood, Carrington, Cavalier, Maple Valley, Midway, Grand Forks Red River, Beach, Fargo Davies, Westhope, Fargo South, West Fargo Liberty Middle School, Washburn, West Fargo Sheyenne (x2), West Fargo High School (x2), Grand Forks South Middle School, Divide County, Kindred, Harvey, St. Johns, Hazen, Tioga, Sargent Central, Grafton, Fargo Ben Franklin Middle School, Minot and Dunseith. A total of 2,074 students will be reached through the grant-funded FACS courses.

Teachers and AG ED programs at 26 schools received $ 23,750 in grants ranging from $ 300 to $ 1,000. Funded courses will reach 1,243 students at schools across the state including: Richland 44, Beulah, South East Region Career and Technology Center (SRCTC) Oakes (x2), Hillsboro, Wahpeton, Towner Granvillle Upham (TGU), Gackle Streeter, Garrison, Rugby, North Valley Career and Technical Center (NVCTC) Grafton, New Salem, Lakota, Stanley, United Public School District 7 Des Lacs, Hettinger, Ashley, Leeds, Center-Stanton, Kidder County, McClusky, Wilton, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Bismarck Career Academy, Ray and Velva.

NDSU extension workers in nine counties received a total of thirteen grants. The $ 250 grants were awarded in Wells, Ramsey, Adams, Ward, Dickey, Golden Valley, Logan, Grand Forks (X5) and Hettinger counties. Funded extension programs will reach a total of 905 youth and adult participants.

–North Dakota Beef Commission

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