The CropLife Ambassador Network (CAN) and the Missouri-Kansas chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) both believe in the necessity of educating consumers about today’s agriculture. The CropLife Ambassador Network (CAN) is a program of the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA), a non-profit association of manufacturers, distributors/formulators and allied industry of crop protection products in 13 Midwestern states. CAN works to provide scientifically based, accurate information to the public regarding the safety and value of American agricultural food production. (http://ambassador.maca.org) CAN which has approximately 160 ambassadors and regularly places those volunteers into schools across the Midwest, welcomed the opportunity to celebrate National Ag Day, www.agday.org, with the MoKan chapter of NAMA.
CAN located three schools in Kansas City, Missouri for MoKan members to visit the week after National Ag Week when students return from their spring break. The topics were chosen by the teachers from CAN’s six program offerings to correlate with their current classroom curriculum.
- MoKan member Lori Kruger will speak with fifty-two 3rd grade students at Satchel Paige Elementary School March 23 on Farmers, Stewards of the Land.
- MoKan member Sarah Schmidt will speak with forty-two 6th grade students at Lee’s Summit Elementary School March 24 on Biofuels.
- MoKan member Becky Johnson will speak with one-hundred 6th grade students at Antioch Middle School March 25 on Biofuels.
Many ag-related organizations working towards a better agriculturally-educated consumer dot the United States. According to Janet Braun, CAN Program Coordinator, “This was a great opportunity to connect the dots.” When Lori Kruger of MoKan contacted Braun about this opportunity, “I jumped on the idea and would be happy to work with other groups in the Midwest.” said Braun. CAN already has the framework built for linking schools and speakers together, while providing presentation material and topic information to the speakers. Other Midwest Ag organizations and individuals are welcome to use our program as their outreach education resource. When our industry connects all the dots, Ag’s picture CAN be seen by the public.
For information on CAN contact Program Coordinator Janet Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-625-2767, or visit the CAN website at http://ambassador.maca.org.
For information on the MoKan chapter of NAMA, contact Chapter President Melanie Acklin at email@example.com, 816-377-9088, or visit the NAMA website at www.nama.org.