PRESS RELEASE

May 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAEF CONTINUES TO ENGAGE ONLINE LEARNERS IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

(HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND) – May 6, 2020 – Amidst the news of Maryland schools continuing online learning until of the end of the 2019-2020 school year, The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and its affiliates remain dedicated in engaging students, parents, and teachers in online agriculture-based eLearning experiences.

Since the announcement of school closings in March, MAEF has posted daily lessons through its “Kids Off” campaign focused on agriculture and STEM to its social media sites and expeditionscience.weebly.com website. Lessons will continue to be posted for the duration of the school year and into the summer to engage the public in agriculture and STEM-based learning opportunities.

“Agriculture is an extraordinary context for teaching every subject,” says Joe Dymek, chairman of the board of MAEF. “It can provide real-life scenarios to engage students in math, science, reading, biology, technology and so much more. Students gain a better understanding of both the natural world around them and how food, feed, fiber and fuel are produced, can explore career pathways, and become more well-rounded, well-informed consumers.”

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) is also providing online curricular resources for teaching about the importance of agriculture. The distance learning page offered by NAITCO can be found at  https://agclassroom.org/eLearning/index.cfm and provides a variety of eLearning experiences including virtual field trips, lessons, and activities. Lessons are divided by grade band and cover a variety of topics related to agriculture, careers, and STEM education. This website also provides tutorials on how to use online platforms like Google Docs to ensure students can fully utilize these lessons and activities.

Dedicated to increasing agricultural literacy and agricultural education, MAEF is a nonprofit organization with programs serving pre-kindergarten through post-secondary audiences. MAEF signature programs include “Infusing Ag in the Classroom” professional development courses for teachers; mobile science labs; mobile agricultural showcases and Maryland FFA. Funded by the Maryland “ag tag” license plate revenues, gifts, grants and program fees, MAEF promotes the importance of agriculture in everyone’s daily lives. For more information visit www.maefonline.com

 

Amie McDaniels

Communications Director

410-939-9030 (office)

amcdaniels@maefonline.com

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April 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National FFA Scholarships Awarded to Maryland FFA Members

(HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND) – April 27, 2020 – The National FFA Organization has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to six Maryland FFA members. The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to 1,493 recipients this year.

The Maryland FFA members who received scholarship awards include:

  • Brunswick FFA Chapter, Todd Allen of Jefferson, MD – $1,000 scholarship from the Hoard’s Dairyman (W. D. Hoard and Sons Company)
  • North Garrett FFA Chapter, Alexis House of Grantsville, MD – $1,000 scholarship from the Ford Truck/Built Ford Tough Diehl’s Ford Sales of Grantsville, MD.
  • North Harford FFA Chapter, Lynne Thomas of Fallston, MD – $1,500 award from the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program and $1,000 – Ford Truck/Built Ford Tough Plaza Ford of Bel Air, MD.
  • Oakdale FFA Chapter, Cahlen Cheatham of Myersville, MD – $2,500 scholarship from the CSX Transportation Corporation
  • Tuscarora FFA Chapter, Zoe Baskerville of Adamstown, MD – $1,500 scholarship from the Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Westminster FFA Chapter, Avery Dull of Westminster – $1,500 scholarship from the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program.

More than 6,200 students applied online for the scholarships. The selection process considers the whole student, including FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership skills and academics. The scholarships were available to student pursuing two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs.

The Maryland FFA Association has 2,500 student members in 54 local chapters throughout the State. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and advocates throughout the United States.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989. Through the Maryland FFA, teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate sales, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives. The Maryland FFA Association’s staff team is partially funded through a $40,000 federal Perkins grant facilitated by the Maryland State Department of Education. Important program support also is provided by the Maryland FFA Foundation, Maryland FFA Alumni Association, William Byrd Foundation, and the generosity of many more community partners and advocates.

For more information, please visit  www.mdffa.org.

 

Amie McDaniels

Communications Director

410-939-9030 (office)

amcdaniels@maefonline.com

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March 10, 2020

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COATES TO INTERN AT THE MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Havre de Grace, Maryland – Jasmine Coates of Forest Hill, Md., has begun an internship with the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF).

A freshman Conservation and Wildlife Management major at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa., Coates is a 2018 graduate of North Harford High School. She was an active member of the FFA program, serving as State Officer in 2018-2019.

“Jasmine’s familiarity with MAEF and FFA programs and her demonstrated leadership ethic made her our natural choice,” says Susanne Zilberfarb, MAEF executive director. “We look forward to working with her this summer.”

Coates’ internship begins immediately and will extend through the summer months. She will assist with general office work in addition to helping coordinate the state FFA convention and Maryland Ag Educator’s Conference and staffing MAEF’s mobile Ag Showcase exhibit.

“The vast skill and knowledge I knew I could learn pulled me in to such a welcoming environment which will help me continue a path in agriculture education,” Coates says.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989. Through teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, the Maryland FFA and advocacy, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives. The Foundation is funded through grants, service fees, generous donations from organizations, businesses and individuals and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate.

Amie McDaniels

Communications Director

410-939-9030 (office)

amcdaniels@maefonline.com

_________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2020

Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Announces Opening of 2020 Academic Scholarship

Havre de Grace, Maryland -The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) is now accepting

applications for its 2020 Academic Scholarships. MAEF Academic Scholarships are open to rising junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in majors leading to careers in agricultural education or Extension education. Qualified candidates should complete and postmark their application by April 1, 2020.

Award announcements will be made by April 30, 2020.

Application information and the full announcement are posted on MAEF’s website at

http://maefonline.com/home/student-center/scholarships/.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989. Through teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, the Maryland FFA and

advocacy, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the

importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives. The Foundation is funded through grants, service fees, generous donations from organizations, businesses and individuals and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate.

 

Amie McDaniels

Communications Director

410-939-9030 (office)

amcdaniels@maefonline.com

_________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 6, 2020

Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Announces Recipient of 2019 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award

Havre de Grace, Maryland -The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. (MAEF) has selected Karl Kidd, a fifth grade Advanced Academics teacher at Urbana at Sugarloaf Elementary in Frederick County Public Schools for the Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award. This award is given to a Maryland teacher who has demonstrated dedication in providing meaningful learning opportunities for their students to understand the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Since attending his first Ag in the Classroom Conference ten years ago, Kidd has taught his students and his school about agriculture. He developed a school-wide Ag Program for grades pre-K – 5 using literature and lessons to bring ag to all of the classrooms and organized a fall “Pumpkin Chunkin” Ag Day as well as a spring “Ag & The Bay Day,” highlighting environmentally friendly farming techniques and agricultural commodities in Maryland.

Kidd is the co-author of Amazing! Maryland Agriculture, a non-fiction classroom book highlighting agriculture in Maryland which was distributed to nearly every elementary school in the state. He also attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, Pa., where he learned the latest in ag education to bring back to his students. Recently, he hosted the “1 Million and Counting” celebration at Urbana at Sugarloaf Elementary School, highlighting MAEF’s mobile science lab’s outreach and education.

With the award, Kidd receives a $500 classroom stipend and a trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June 2020.  Kidd also is nominated for the National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award, sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium. This competitive national award recognizes exceptional teachers selected at the state level for their successful efforts in teaching agricultural concepts.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-governmental nonprofit established in 1989. Through teacher workshops, scholarships, grants, Mobile Labs and Showcases, the Maryland FFA and advocacy, the Foundation pursues its mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in everyone’s lives. The Foundation is funded through grants, service fees, generous donations from organizations, businesses and individuals and revenues from the Ag Tag license plate.

 

Amie McDaniels

Communications Director

410-939-9030 (office)  Ex. 110

amcdaniels@maefonline.com

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