The NILE Foundation was awarded a grant on June 7, at the Billings Community Foundation Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
The grant is from the Mathews-Dousman Memorial Endowment of the Montana Community Foundation in partnership with the Billings Community Foundation. The funds will aid the 4th Grade Ag Education Program at the NILE Stock Show and Rodeo.
The NILE Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated entirely to the future of growing, strengthening, and protecting our agricultural industry and heritage. This group’s mission is to support the NILE’s efforts. Money is allotted to NILE Ag Youth Programs.
The 4th Grade Ag Education Program is one of the many NILE Youth Programs. Each year over 2,000 4th graders from Yellowstone County take a field trip to the NILE in October to spark their curiosity, provide hands-on learning opportunities, and figure out where their food comes from.
Educating kids at a young age about beef, bees, water conservation, crops, livestock and more exposes them to what surrounds them every day. Agriculture is the largest industry in Yellowstone County and Montana. The NILE is passionate about explaining what farmers, ranchers, and Ag business people do so that more people are aware of the agriculture industry.
The NILE 4th Grade Ag Education Program is a collaborative effort between these great organizations: Meadowgold Dairy, Montana, Cattlewomen, MSU Extension, Sunshine Apiary, Yellowstone County 4-H, Yellowstone County Conservation District, and Yellowstone County Weed District.