11-02-16 Beef Checkoff News: 2017 On the Farm STEM Events Announced

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2017 On the Farm STEM Events Announced

The beef checkoff has announced three On the Farm STEM professional development events for 2017. The events are designed for those who train or coach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers.

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“If you work as a STEM coordinator, coach at a school district or university or work in a leadership role, this may be a great fit for you,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation, contractor to the beef checkoff. “On The Farm STEM events provide a tremendous learning opportunity for non-formal educators as well, such as those who design learning experiences at museums and events that explore the application of STEM concepts in real life.”

The training was designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.

Selected participants will receive free registration, reimbursement of up to $1,000 for approved travel expenses, hotel accommodations for three nights and meals, in addition to educational supplies and resources.

The deadline for application to the first two events is Dec. 15, 2016. Those events are located in: 1) Los Angeles, California, March 27-29, 2017 (immediately prior to the National Science Teachers Association National Conference) and 2) Boston, Massachusetts, April 6-8, 2017.  Application deadline for the third event is March 1, 2017. That event will be in Orlando, Florida, July 9-11, 2017 (immediately prior to the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo).

“We are excited to offer these professional development events at no cost to participants. Space is limited, so apply now!” Tesch said.

Visit the On The Farm resources page on the Foundation’s website to apply, and to see additional information to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.

To learn more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

UNDERSTANDING THE BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM

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. States may retain up to 50 cents on 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.