The PLANT Foundation is a national non-profit organization formed to solve one of the most pressing issues facing agriculture today: how to interest the next generation of scientists, innovators and problem solvers in pursuing careers that will advance the agriculture industry.
Using a unique platform that teaches engaging science lessons with agricultural examples, the goal is to expose students to the countless career opportunities that are available to them in the ag industry, regardless of where they live. Using state-of-the-art education technologies that encourage hands-on engagement, the PLANT Foundation creates a connection between the science and technology of agriculture with the science and technology of everyday life. This connection is designed to ignite a passion for science in areas most central to a child’s daily life: food, agriculture and the environment.
Formed in 2013, the PLANT Foundation’s primary purpose is to financially support Farm Academy (LINK), a live, interactive video conference that takes students on a virtual field trip to a farm in Central California – the heart of America’s ag industry. Since Farm Academy’s inception in 2009, 100,000 students from four countries and thirty-three states throughout the U.S. have benefitted from this free program that meets science standards for grades K-8 and career exposure for grades 9-12. Utilizing high-tech educational tools that include interactive video conferencing, iPad apps and YouTube videos, Farm Academy was designed to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy students.
As the ag industry faces water shortages, stricter regulations and increased public scrutiny, the PLANT Foundation is using Farm Academy to challenge students to think critically about agricultural issues and the role they stand to play in moving this vital industry forward. Farm Academy is committed to introducing students to a future in which they can make a difference by protecting our country’s rich agricultural heritage and investing their talents into making it a profitable, sustainable industry.
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