CHS Foundation Investing in Rural CommunitiesTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:49:13 CST
The CHS Foundation supports efforts that promote agricultural education and leadership programs, farm safety and rural communities. Recently the CHS Foundation committed $1.5 million dollars to support FFA. CHS Communications and Community Relations spokesperson Jessie Headrick said a large portion of the funds were earmarked for the National Teach Ag program which focuses on the recruitment and retention of ag teachers.
"We know those folks going into teaching to work with students everyday are really the backbone for developing the next generation," Headrick said. "So we're trying to do our part in ensuring that they have what they need to be able to continuing inspiring the next generation of leaders for agriculture whether that be production ag or working in agribusiness in some facet."
Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith interviewed Headrick at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention earlier this month. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for the full interview.
The National Teach Ag program develops curriculum with on-line modules and offers networking possibilities for ag teachers. Headrick said this helps teachers get fresh ideas for the classroom and help them with their teaching skills, so that the information they provide students is relevant and up to date. On the recruitment side, she said the CHS Foundation is promoting the benefits of being an ag teacher.
Last year CHS also committed a $1 million into communities for local farm safety programs. Headrick said this included grants for ATV safety courses for youth, grain engulfment equipment for rural fire departments and training for producers and employees in agribusiness. She said they provide the funding and let local cooperatives or fire department to develop the program that is needed for the local community.
The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative.
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