The free online educational games at www.myamericanfarm.org are about to make on-site appearances at locations all across Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Texas and New Mexico. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will extend the reach of this educational resource through the use of transportable, on-site kiosks – the My American Farm kiosk initiative.
Through funding from Pioneer Hi-Bred, the AFBFA is building five ready-to-use mobile exhibits pre-loaded with the My American Farm games. The idea is to leverage My American Farm as an agricultural literacy exhibit at a variety of venues all across the country such as fairs, rodeos, conferences and places like the local zoo.
“My American Farm is more than the games and resources, it’s a fun and engaging way to share positive messages about agriculture with the public,” says Dan Durheim, director of the AFBFA.
State Farm Bureaus receiving use of the five mobile kiosks were determined through a competitive grant application process. In total, 45 applications were received. Key evaluation criteria included estimated audience reach, frequency of use, need and other relevant factors.
According to Durheim, My American Farm and the new kiosk program would not be possible without sponsorship from Pioneer, which pledged $535,000 over three years to support the project.
“Pioneer is proud to be the title sponsor of this innovative agriculture literacy effort,” said Steve Brody, director of government, community and industry relations for Pioneer.
Look for the kiosks to hit the road in mid-September. The free games, activities and educator resources will continue to be available to everyone at www.myamericanfarm.org.
Source: American Farm Bureau