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Group seeks farmer volunteers for Ag Literacy Week

A Manitoba group is looking for producers and others in the ag industry willing to share a “positive agriculture message” with elementary school students as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week in March.

The week, sponsored by Farm Credit Canada and running March 2-8, is meant to give those working in agriculture “an opportunity to share their stories and passion for agriculture (with) Manitoba students across the province.”

For the event, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba (AITC-M) seeks volunteers to visit classrooms to read an agriculture-themed book and share their agriculture stories about their farms or their jobs in the industry, using pictures, props, et cetera.

AITC-M is also seeking volunteers to assist the producers and/or industry people in classrooms by introducing them, and helping to manage the timing of the visit and the activity being done with the classroom.

The group has 76 classroom registrations for Ag Literacy Week in: Winnipeg, Brandon, Swan River, Dauphin, Rossburn, Shoal Lake, Shilo, Poplar River, Austin, Swan Lake, Portage La Prairie, Homewood (in the Carman area), Winkler, Morden, Bruxelles, St. Pierre Jolys, La Salle, Crystal City, Cartier (about 13 km west outside Winnipeg), Steinbach, Prawda (close to Ste. Anne), East Selkirk, Selkirk, Gimli and Ashern.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Diane at [email protected] or by fax at 204-889-6289 before Feb. 6.

Selkirk-based AITC-M describes its mission as leading in the development and distribution of “accurate, balanced and current information for use as education resources in school curriculum” and to “promote the development of critical thinking skills, related to the businesses of agriculture, food, bioproducts, and life sciences, in all Manitoba students.”

Co-ordinating with “commodity and industry-related organizations,” AITC-M describes its programming, events and services as meant to “further develop future decision-makers and entrepreneurs.” Major funders of the organization include the Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Pork, Richardson International, Cargill, Monsanto, Agrium and Mosaic.


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