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The Farm Foundation was established in 1933 as a private agency to help coordinate the work of other public and private groups and agencies to improve agriculture and rural life without taking political positions or supporting specific legislation. An operating rather than a grant-making foundation, the foundation develops national and regional conferences, workshops, and meetings to encourage new research and education programs and policy dialogue on public and private sector issues. It also fosters collaborative projects on agricultural issues between educational, governmental, and private organizations. This report summarizes the foundation's activities for the year 2000, organized around six themes: increasing knowledge about agriculture and rural issues, applying that knowledge through education programs, developing human capital, facilitating interaction about emerging issues, exploring policy alternatives, and facilitating communication about issues and alternatives. Projects cover the areas of land use; immigration and rural population change; curriculum development; vocational agricultural education; teacher workshops; the interaction of agriculture, education, and the environment; Web site development; fellowship, scholarship, and leadership awards; biotechnology; globalization and international trade; food safety; information technology; and structural change. The final sections review foundation leadership; staff activities; the foundation's annual Bennett Agricultural Round Table; contributors; and financial statements. (Contains 26 publications and Internet sites cited in the text; and 21 additional publications, programs, and Internet sites receiving foundation support.) (TD)

Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Trends, Annual Reports, Biotechnology, Conferences, Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, International Trade, Land Use, Nonschool Educational Programs, Public Affairs Education, Public Policy, Research Needs, Rural Areas, Rural Extension, Rural Population, Scholarships

Author: Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.


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