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NIFA-Funded Program to Integrate Indigenous Perspective into Ag, Science

Matte Wilson, director of the Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative, shows off seedlings which will be planted, harvested and then sold at the local farmer’s market. Photo courtesy of South Dakota State University.

A NIFA-funded program to boost student interest in science and agriculture is coming to the Rosebud Reservation in South DakotaThe Immersive Learning Experience and Rural Networking, or iLEARN, program will help K-12 educators develop and implement hands-on learning modules that will incorporate concepts, such as regenerative agriculture, into the science curriculum. Though many South Dakota high schools have agriculture education courses, reservation schools do not offer separate courses. Therefore, any agriculture content must be embedded in the science curriculum. As a result, young people are often not aware of possible careers in agriculture.


Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products
U.S. States and Territories
South Dakota
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