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In demand! FARM Science Lab 2

Category: People, Technology

by Carla Wardin

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The lab brings the agricultural experience to schools where a field trip to a farm isn’t an option.

Exciting news – due to demand, the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture has announced that we are building a second FARM Science Lab!

What is the FARM Science Lab?

The FARM Science Lab is a 40-foot gooseneck trailer, complete with agricultural science learning stations inside! The lab visits schools so the classes can have their own special science class no farther than their parking lot. The lesson menu allows teachers to choose activities that tie into what they’re currently doing in their own classrooms.

This way, students receive an out-of-classroom, hands-on experience without the hassle of transportation arrangements or permission slips. The lab also brings the agricultural experience to schools where a field trip to a farm isn’t an option.

The FARM Science Lab’s spring 2017 pilot program reached more than 7,500 students in 25 different schools in eight school districts in just 15 weeks. Not only have numerous businesses and organizations come together to bring this lab to life, but Ford Motor Company provided a 2017 F 350 Crew Cab 4x4 King Ranch truck to haul the trailer around Michigan. Due to the full schedule of bookings for 2018, MFA looks forward to the support for a second trailer.

After the announcement of the new trailer at the Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, three county Farm Bureaus together pledged $85,001 dollars! We’d like to sincerely thank Kent, Macomb, and Oakland County Farm Bureaus for their enthusiastic support.

Because of the generous contributions of our sponsors through the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, we are able to offer the FARM Science Lab to schools at half the operating cost.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • AgroLiquid
  • Allegan County Farm Bureau
  • Antrim County Farm Bureau
  • Barry County Farm Bureau
  • Bay County Farm Bureau
  • Benzie Manistee County Farm Bureau
  • Charlevoix County Farm Bureau
  • CHS Foundation
  • Clinton County Farm Bureau
  • Consumers Energy Foundation
  • Corn Marketing Program of Michigan
  • Diane and Wayne Wood
  • District 1 County Farm Bureaus
  • Eaton County Farm Bureau
  • Gene Rinke Memorial
  • Great Lakes Agricultural Fair
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Huron Shores County Farm Bureau
  • Ingham County Farm Bureau
  • Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau
  • Kent County Farm Bureau
  • Macomb County Farm Bureau
  • Maurine and William Scramlin Memorial
  • Menominee Conservation District
  • Michigan Farm Bureau Board
  • Michigan Pork Producers
  • Michigan Potato
  • Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
  • Michigan Sugar
  • Michigan Wheat Program
  • Midland County Farm Bureau
  • Missaukee County Farm Bureau
  • Monroe County Farm Bureau
  • Newaygo County Farm Bureau
  • NorthWest County Farm Bureau
  • Oakland County Farm Bureau
  • Ottawa County Farm Bureau
  • Sanilac County Farm Bureau
  • Shiawassee County Farm Bureau
  • St. Clair County Farm Bureau
  • St. Joseph County Farm Bureau
  • Terry Histed Farms
  • Tuscola County Farm Bureau
  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Farm Bureau
  • Wayne County Farm Bureau
  • Wexford County Farm Bureau
  • Zeeland Farm Services, Inc.