The Dubuque County Farm Bureau Education Outreach Program was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from Three Rivers FS for the implementation of a Technology in Agriculture unit that will be offered free to area schools. This grant will help cover the costs of a set of programmable robots, teacher trainings, and other supplies needed for the new program.

The following is a statement from Three Rivers FS:

“Three Rivers FS is a locally owned agricultural cooperative serving producers in Northeast Iowa. Formed in 1930, Three Rivers FS is a leader in meeting the needs of production agriculture and agricultural, commercial and residential refined fuel and propane needs.

Three Rivers FS is a member of Growmark system. Within the cooperative, local producers own Three Rivers FS, and in turn, Three Rivers FS, along with other FS-branded cooperatives, has ownership in Growmark. Through this partnership, we can help our customers exceed their goals using our resources and technology.

Three Rivers FS is headquartered in Dyersville, and we have nine locations within Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque counties. We provide retail sales in seed, precision agriculture products, custom application, crop protection, propane, fuels and lubricants to over 10,000 customers.

Three Rivers FS is investing in agriculture education to connect with the next generation of employees. Through the agriculture programs, students learn leadership skills, responsibility, time management and network within the agriculture community. Being involved with agriculture shows students the opportunities that exist at Three Rivers FS.”

Education Outreach Coordinator for Dubuque County Farm Bureau, Rachel Ambrosy, says, “We are extremely grateful to Three Rivers FS for awarding us this grant. With most students two to three generations removed from the farm, it is important to share the story of today’s modern agricultural production, expose them to the many career options in agricultural fields, and help them learn more about the world around them. This program will allow students an interactive, hands-on opportunity to learn more about how technology has helped shape the agricultural industry and connect concepts they are learning in the classroom to the Iowa Core Standards.”

The Dubuque County Farm Bureau Education Outreach Program is a free resource for area classrooms, daycares, and other organizations in Dubuque County that promotes agricultural literacy through hands-on, interactive programs. This includes classroom visits, library programs, virtual field trips, lesson plans, and more. All lessons and activities align with the Iowa Core Standards.

If you would like to learn more about the Dubuque County Farm Bureau Education Outreach Program, learn how to support the program, or to schedule a program for your classroom or organization, please contact Education Outreach Coordinator Rachel Ambrosy at Rachel.Ambrosy@ifbf.org.