Featured photo: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert (left) poses for a photo with “Ag on the Go” program director Tonya Wible and Dick Cole of Perdue AgriBusiness, who presented a $20,000 check from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to help support the new agriculture education program. 

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture Foundation is gearing up for the start of its new “Ag on the Go” program, which targets students attending inner city schools in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and York during the 2015-2016 school year.

“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert, who serves as chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation.  “A huge benefit of the new program is that it can be especially helpful to school districts struggling with tight budgets.”

Thanks to a substantial contribution from the American Agriculturalist Foundation (AAF), the PFB-supported Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF) was able to kick-start the program with the purchase of a new sports utility vehicle, school supplies and other necessities.

During a gathering at PFB’s Camp Hill headquarters, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, presented PFAF with a $20,000 donation to help support Ag on the Go.

“At Perdue Farms, we believe in the power of education and in the value of children knowing where their food comes from. This program brings these ideals together to reach students who may not otherwise be able to learn these things,” said Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture to make this happen in a region so important to the future growth of our company.”

Support from AAF, Perdue, the Pennsylvania Beef Council and Pennsylvania Pork Producers allow the Friends of Agriculture Foundation to provide this unique educational experience to schools for a minimal daily fee of $100.  A three-day minimum booking is required by the school.

Another bonus of the program, which is targeted at students in grades 3-5, is that the lesson plans are aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for Science & Technology and Environment & Ecology.