WASHINGTON – Four Louisiana teachers were selected by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to participate in On the Farm STEM professional development events in Fort Worth, Texas, (March 26-28); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (May 16-18); and Portland, Oregon, (May 23-25). The training is designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
Nearly 350 applications were received for 40 spots in Fort Worth, 30 spots in Philadelphia and 40 spots in Portland. Applications closed Jan. 1 and participants were notified of acceptance for the On the Farm STEM events.
These Louisiana Teachers were selected to participate:
- Marie Malbrough, Calcasieu Parish School Board, STEM Master Teacher (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
- Ingrid Cruz, Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy, STEM Facilitator (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
- Cecilia Lanier, Tangipahoa Parish School System, STEM Specialist (Amite, Louisiana)
- Vickie Mayeux, Avoyelles Parish School Board, Teacher (Cottonport, Louisiana)
Visit the On The Farm resources page on the Foundation’s website for additional information to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.
The Beef Checkoff Program funded development of the On The Farm training and supporting resources. The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 farm bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. In states with qualified beef councils, states may retain up to 50 cents of the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.