Youth Programs & Support
Marion County Farm Bureau is proud to support the youth in our community through several programs including scholarships for 4-H and FFA members. A longtime supporter of the Southeastern Youth Fair, MCFB has been recognized as Heritage Member, for it's 25 years of continuous support. MCFB regularly displays its support through the purchase of market animals and sponsorship of classes and awards such as Herdsman Award and the Tractor Driving Contest as well as providing ultrasound testing for project animals.
Ag Ventures - View Photo Gallery
February 25-27th - Over 1100 2nd graders from around Marion County received a firsthand look at twelve of Florida’s major agriculture commodities during the Marion County Farm Bureau’s Ag Ventures school tours program held during the Southeastern Youth Fair. .
During Ag Ventures, students enjoyed ice cream as they learned about dairy production; played marshmallow bingo while they learned about beef; met live chickens as they learned about poultry; pet a pony during their equine visit; sampled fresh citrus; learned about forestry by-products, and the importance of bees to our food system. This year the students were also be introduced to blueberries, goats, and rabbits, all by volunteers from within each industry.
The 2015 Ag Ventures program was organized and funded by the Marion County Farm Bureau and is a cooperative effort between the Marion County Farm Bureau, the Southeastern Youth Fair, Marion County Public Schools, and the local agriculture industry.
Agriculture Literacy Day
April 21st, 2015 - Marion County Farm Bureau supported the 12th Annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day as representatives read to kindergarten through fifth grade classes. This year there were requests from over 235 Marion County teachers in at least 31 schools and more than 4,800 students participated.
Marion County Farm Bureau organized volunteers, industry leaders and county officials who read this year’s Ag Literacy Day book entitled, “A Drive through Florida: Livestock and Poultry”, written by Arlette Roberge and illustrated by Charlene R. Johnson. Volunteers proudly shared Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s newest non-fiction book which features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ who takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries.
In addition to reading to the students, volunteers provided teachers with a classroom copy of the book, lesson packets, bookmarks and goodies that are provided by Florida Ag in the Classroom. The book and materials are provided to readers for free thanks to funding FAITC receives from sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the ‘Ag Tag,’ and a donation from the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee.
Community Readers this year included: 29 “Fellows” from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, a program at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; School Board member Kelly King at East Marion Elementary; Deputy Superintendent Lisa Krysalka at Eighth Street Elementary and Superintendent George Tomyn will be read at Evergreen Elementary.
Scholarship Information and Links
Marion County Youth are encouraged to apply for the annual Marion County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Download Application here. The deadline is March 31st of each year. Applicants parents must have been a Farm Bureau member for at least 1 year.
Please note: If you plan to attend or currently attend Central Florida College or the University of Florida, you must apply for a Marion County Farm Bureau Scholarship through each of above named institutions Endowment Scholarship Programs and not through this on line application. The scholarship application and deadlines at CFC and UF differ than those listed in this application.
Youth Speech Contest Information and Links
4-H Club Project Insurance Information and Links
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