- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received money to create a center to educate people about their food.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/16OyVau ), reports the institute received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start the National Agricultural Literacy Center. The center’s goal is to teach K-12 students about where their food comes from. The university won the grant after submitting a proposal to the USDA as part of a competition to create the center.

Faculty members have begun to create lesson plans about the science of agriculture that will be accessible to any teacher in the U.S. This summer, a pilot program at the center will be held for current and former high school teachers to get experience in agricultural and natural resources research.

“We want to provide content science teachers can use in their classes to teach biology, chemistry or other sciences through an ag or natural resources lens,” said Cory Forbes, the director of the institute.

Ronnie Green, the vice chancellor for the institute, says that one of the biggest obstacles facing the agriculture industry is people’s lack of understanding about their food.

“We don’t just want to be known as a crucial source of scientific knowledge and information, but we also want to be supporting students and the public to use that knowledge - and use scientific knowledge in general - in a practical way in their lives,” Forbes said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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