Focus Agriculture

Agri-Culture


Grant amount: US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Jan 13, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

Must travel to: California

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Overview:

Focus Agriculture is Agri-Culture’s “first-in-the-nation” educational program. It is an opportunity for community leaders to participate in a nine-session intensive program acquiring knowledge about a broad spectrum of agriculture.

Focus Agriculture is a first-in-the-nation, national award winning program. It allows community leaders to have a two-way conversation with people involved in agriculture. The program is structured so that participants gain in-depth knowledge of the many commodities, issues and people involved in local agriculture here in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley.

The program has won a national award. Several communities throughout the United States have duplicated this program. The once-a-month day-long seminars, including farm tours and hands-on experience, cover such topics as:

  • Production and labor
  • Ethnic groups in agriculture
  • Government relations and politics
  • Regional diversity of commodities produced
  • Environment and technology
  • Marketing and foreign competition
  • Farm tours and hands-on experience

Agri-Culture will grant each class member $1,500 toward the tuition expense. The class member will pay the remaining $500. One hundred dollars will be refunded if the participant has achieved 100% attendance for all sessions.

There are no extra curricular requirements as part of the program. It is hoped that after a person has graduated from Focus Agriculture, he/she will become more aware and involved in agricultural issues.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The program is designed so that community leaders from the different fields within the county participate.
    • These include elected officials, appointed representatives, non-profits, news media, local business, environmental groups, educators, etc.