COLCHESTER, Vt. (AgPR.com) — American Agri-Women (AAW) is launching its “Women Heroes of Science & Technology” educational program, which highlights agricultural STEM careers and showcases women in these fields.
Crop Science, a division of Bayer, and McCain Foods, have stepped forward to sponsor the initial project, a downloadable bookmark series for middle school students and others. Profiles, which will offer more in-depth information about the scientists and their careers, are also being developed.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As technology increases, there will be more demand for people in STEM careers, especially in the field of agriculture. Women scientists and technologists are finding innovative ways to help farmers and ranchers produce more food in a safe and sustainable way. They are also coming up with new food, fiber and fuel products and other new uses for agriculture products.
AAW is encouraging young people to enter STEM careers and is providing resources to teachers and parents as they support budding careers. Plans are under way to expand the program to provide additional educational resources.
Go here (americanagriwomen.org/stem-careers) to view and download the bookmarks. For more information about AAW’s educational programs, contact Lesley Schmidt, AAW vice president of education, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Doris Mold, AAW past president, email@example.com.
About American Agri-Women
American Agri-Women (AAW) promotes the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and energy supply. Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/, Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag) and Instagram.com/americanagriwomen/ (@americanagriwomen).
Bayer: Science For A Better Life
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2016, the Group employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015.
Find more information at www.cropscience.bayer.us.
About McCain Foods
McCain Foods Limited is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and a global leader in appetizers and snacks. It employs approximately 21,000 people, operates 53 production facilities on six continents. Find more information at www.mccain.com.