84th Annual GFB Convention and Rural Children in Afterschool Programs

84th Annual GFB Convention and Rural Children in Afterschool Programs

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Georgia farmers and agribusiness leaders from across the state met on Jekyll Island December 5-7 for the 84th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention.

The three-day event included a trade show and educational sessions that briefed farmers on policy and production issues affecting Georgia’s major commodities.

The convention’s “Reconnect” theme could not have been more appropriate as it was the first time in two years that many of the attendees were seeing their farming friends from around the state.

**A new report finds just 11% of America’s rural children are enrolled in an afterschool program.

The report, Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers, is based on a household survey conducted by Edge Research for the Afterschool Alliance.

The number of rural children enrolled in afterschool programs dropped from 13% in 2014, to 11% in 2020.

The new study finds that cost and transportation are significant barriers.

**Boehringer Ingelheim and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are joining forces to offer veterinary students the opportunity to research diseases that could affect livestock and public health.

The collaboration expands the Boehringer Ingelheim-led Veterinary Scholars Program, which has provided stipends to more than 3,500 veterinary students over 30 years.

The expansion will create opportunities for up to 12 students to spend the summer at one of nine USDA sites working with an ARS scientist on a research project.

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