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Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Pork to help schoolchildren visit Fair Oaks Farms

Contact: Dave Blower Jr. at 317-644-0980; dblower@indianasoybean.com

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 3, 2020) — The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and Indiana Pork recently announced a partnership to allow more school-aged children to visit Fair Oaks Farms. ISA and Indiana Pork have partnered to provide discounts to school field trips and to provide transportation grants for their travel to and from Fair Oaks.

 

“Indiana Soybean Alliance is excited to help provide field trip and transportation grants to schools visiting Fair Oaks Farm,” said Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Marketing Operations and Leadership Director. “Because of funding restrictions, schools don’t have as many opportunities to take field trips outside the classroom, so we are excited to take a bit of that burden off their shoulders and give students the opportunity to visit a really progressive and innovative farm.”

 

The partnership provides a $3 discount for tours of Fair Oaks. School groups can also apply for transportation grants to help with busing costs.

 

“The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks is an excellent opportunity for students to see the inside of a pig barn,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork. “Typically today’s youth are at least three generations removed from a family farm. A field trip to the Pig Adventure allows them a chance to see a modern farm and interact with the people raising those pigs.”

 

“The partnership with Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Pork has made it possible for more educators and future generations to learn about modern agriculture and where food comes from,” said Julie Basich, Chief Operating Officer for Fair Oaks Farms. “Fair Oaks Farms is grateful for this opportunity and has worked hard to provide STEM programs that the educators not only feel good about, but are excited to share with their students and families. Less than 2 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, so being able to make these discussions more accessible to our youth is crucial in bridging that gap.”

 

For more information on the grant, visit https://fofarms.com/plan-my-visit/educators or call Hannah Vorsilak at 317-644-2791.

 

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The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.

 

This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.