Oppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville Central School District Receives CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer

Brian Bunton (left), Account Manager for DuPont Pioneer, pictured with Chris Smith (right), OESJ Agriculture Teacher

DuPont Pioneer is pleased to announce that it has donated $5,000 towards the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville Central School District agriculture program as part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) program.

This grant is part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) CASE grant program. CASE offers grants of $2,500 to $5,000 to help train teachers and supply equipment and resources to prepare students for careers in agriculture and food. The goal is to support elimination of three cost barrier areas that have limited implementation of the program in their schools: teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments.

“Ensuring that we have enough safe, affordable food for all will require that more students understand agriculture and become leaders in food production,” said Robin Habeger, DuPont Pioneer Academic Outreach manager. “We know that we cannot do this alone and are working with others in agriculture and education to give teachers the best resources to encourage youth to understand agriculture and consider careers in the industry.”

“I rely on grants to achieve the goals that I set for my program,” said Christopher Smith, an instructor with the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville Central School District. “This gift will allow me to greatly improve the Career and Technical Education program. CASE courses allow me to focus on how I am teaching instead of what I am teaching, and students seem to really enjoy the curriculum.” Smith went on to say, “I feel that all students from all different communities around New York will greatly benefit from this curriculum. It provides the rigor and relevance to student’s everyday life and will prepare them for college and careers better than any other nationally developed curriculum.”

CASE is a multiyear approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry-focused learning activities. The collaboration between DuPont Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This is the third year of involvement for DuPont Pioneer. Learn more about the program and grant schedule on the CASE grant website.

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

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