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DuPont Pioneer helps connect Iowa teachers with their food sources

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For a fourth year, DuPont Pioneer is investing in future generations through the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.

The company is going to sponsor the Agriculture in the Classroom program, which helps teachers connect core subject matter with agriculture by providing real world examples for their students. This will include teachers’ professional development workshops, student publications, lesson-plan development, STEM festivals, a lending library, and other events and activities focused on increasing agriculture literacy.

“It isn’t about asking teachers to add agriculture as another subject to teach,” said Will Fett executive director of IALF. “Instead, teachers can use agriculture as the vehicle to teach science, social studies, and language arts. This makes learning real and relevant for students.”

The K-12 program ultimately helps students understand the value and source of agriculture as it affects quality of life. This includes the science of food production, understanding how agriculture and the environment are intertwined, and how we can continue to improve agriculture practices to feed an ever increasing world population.

“Agriculture is at the core of our business,” said Amanda Rinehart, DuPont Pioneer marketing manager. “Food plays an important part in all of our lives, and it is important for us to support initiatives like these. Collaboratively working together is how we can address the challenges of the future. We want bright, passionate, well-educated students to step into those roles.”

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