Accepting Applications: 2017 CTAEF Scholarship 

The Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation will be awarding up to $2000 in scholarships to Connecticut student(s) pursuing an agriculturally related career in 2017. The scholarship can be used to defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books and other academic charges. Applicants can only submit one application per year and winners are not permitted to apply again. Award decision will be based on a short 400 word writing prompt, extracurricular activities, interest in agriculture and academics.

This year’s application closed on May 1. Winners will be notified by early June.

2017 Ag Literacy Event

Connecticut Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to announce its 2017 Connecticut Ag Literacy Event. This event supports its mission of fostering awareness, understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the food, fiber, flower, forestry and fuel systems. During 2017, volunteers throughout the state will go into classrooms to read a book with an agricultural theme and talk to students about agriculture. This year’s featured book is:

Seed-to-Plant-book-cover-National-GeographicNational Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant By Kristin Baird Rattini

Learn more about this year’s program

For 2017 Ag Literacy participants, we appreciate your completion of a survey on the program to help us evaluate the program for future years. Links to surveys for teachers and reader volunteers can be found below. Thank you!


Do you shop on Amazon? If so, did you know that Amazon now offers the AmazonSmile program, which donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charitable organization of your choice… and CTAEF is one of those charitable organizations! So please considering making your future purchases through AmazonSmile and selecting the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation as your charitable organization of choice. AmazonSmile links right up to your existing Amazon account, and once set up, you’ll be prompted to shop on AmazonSmile versus Amazon every time you visit Amazon.com and CTAEF will already be set up as your recipient. Happy shopping!

CTAEF Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients!

CTAEF Scholarship winner Corey Thomas, of Ivoryton, Conn., and Conor Smith, of North Granby, Conn., at the Connecticut Farm Bureau Young Farmer Picnic on August 6.

The Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 scholarship are Conor Smith, of North Granby, Conn.,  and Corey Thomas, of Ivoryton, Conn. Each received a $1,000 award to apply towards their higher education. Learn more about this year’s recipients.

2016 Ag Literacy Event

Seed Soil Sun written by Cris Peterson and photographs by David R. Lundquist

Learn more about last year’s program

2015 Connecticut AgriScience Award Grant

The Connecticut Corporators to the ESE, the Big E, award grants for special projects. Their AgriScience award for 2015 is a $500 grant awarded to an elementary school teacher to fund a special project involving agriculture in any form as part of his or her class curriculum during the school year. Teachers are encouraged to consider how they might expand the learning experience to benefit students beyond their own classroom. This $500 is payable in September to the school of the selected Grant Award winner. Learn more

Marcia Johnson Awarded Connecticut AgriScience Excellence Award!

CT Agriscience Award 2014-MarciaJohnsonCTAEF congratulates Marcia Johnson, of Meriden, Conn.,  who was presented with the second annual Connecticut AgriScience Excellence Award from the Eastern States Exposition and its Connecticut Trustees at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass., on Monday, Sept. 22.

This award recognizes a teacher who works with outstanding effectiveness to promote the awareness of the critical role of agriculture in our lives in the classroom environment. Johnson, a veteran 5th grade teacher, will use the $500 grant to begin a garden at the Nathan Hale Elementary School in Meriden where she currently teaches. Learn more

CTAEF Sponosors Barnyard Bookcases for City Schools

CTAEF was proud to sponsor the Connecticut Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s (WLC) Barn Bookcase program! The WLC’s goal successfully placed a barn-shaped bookcase filled with a dozen agriculture books in the library of 16 urban elementary schools.

White-Reinhardt Fund for Education

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture® (AFBFA) in collaboration with the American Farm Bureau® Women’s Leadership Committee. The two components of this program include the educator’s scholarship and the Mini-Grant program. Click here to learn more about these opportunities.

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