The state Ag Promotions Committee is offering $200 grants to help facilitate Ag Promotion activities in the counties. Apply for one now!
Criteria for the grant:
- Target Audience(s): High School, College, or Adults
- Submit a written event plan with goals
- Submit an event summary with results
- Submit pictures of the event
- Event must be completed by December 31, 2019
- Qualifying activities or events may have been done previously in your county or may be a new Ag Promotion event
Ideas for possible new events include, but are not limited to:
Ag in the Bag
Ag in the Bag, a grocery store event, further educates grocery shoppers about the importance of agriculture and encourages buying healthy, nutritious, affordable foods produced by American farmers. Shoppers visit with farmers/ranchers who share their farm story as they also share samples of delicious healthy foods such as roasted lamb, turkey, fruits and vegetables. As shoppers visit each station throughout the store: Dairy, Grains, Meat, and Fruits and Vegetables, a mark is made on the shopper’s food passport. At the end of the shopping experience each completed farm passport is entered in a drawing for prizes donated by local agriculture partners and businesses.
Billboard Ad Contest
Working with your local schools, community clubs and businesses, hold a billboard Ad contest showcasing the importance of agriculture in your county. Offer prizes for the winner.
Breakfast on the Farm
Host a community breakfast on the farm. Work with farmers to provide local food, milk, butter, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Advertise on social media, local newspapers, and radio stations. Join us for a day on the farm! Featuring a delicious breakfast, farm tours, children’s activities and a petting zoo.
Brown Bag Ag at Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, etc.
Host a brown bag lunch at your local Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce meetings for a networking event. Talk about local agriculture and why you do what you do.
Cutest Baby Animal Photo Contest
Sponsor a baby animal photo contest. Post winning photos in local media outlets, and on social media. Explain interesting facts about baby farm animals and what farmers and ranchers do to care for their animals. Offer a prize for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Meet the Candidates Night
Organize a Meet the Candidates Night and give candidates a forum to explain their platforms and answer questions.
National Ag Day Celebration
Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Help celebrate the valuable contributions of American agriculture by organizing or hosting an Ag Day Celebration event in your local community. Find great resources and ideas at agday.org.
Participate in community parades and highlight local agriculture.
Provide periodical radio spot interviews about agricultural products in your area. Explain what you do to get food from farm to plate. Provide information on day-to-day operations as well as agriculture as a whole.
Create Short Social Media Videos
Videos are becoming increasingly popular on social media, especially on mobile. Over the past year, the time people spent watching Facebook Live every day has increased by four times and Instagram videos by 80 percent. Create short social media videos from a few seconds to a few minutes. Videos might be what’s happening on your farm #rightthisveryminute, your children doing chores, how-tos—like shoeing a horse, or harvesting a crop.
Every county may take advantage of this grant opportunity by filling out an application. Once the application is received and accepted, a check will be issued to the county. After the event is over, a summary of the event and the results along with pictures of the event must be submitted to the Ag Promotion Committee. This will help us share what’s happening throughout the state to promote agriculture!
Please submit applications, summaries and pictures to Susan Furner at email@example.com or mail it to Attention: Susan Furner, 9865 S. State Street, Sandy, UT 84070. If you have questions, please call 801-233-3040.
Please use #utahfarmlife hashtag in all your social media posts.