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    Project Justi�cation 1 of 2 • What do you propose to do? The Where Pigs Fly Farm (WPFF) is located in Linn, MO—smalltown USA. (Population 1,459 according to the 2010 census.) Sitting high on a hill, the farm and museum overlooks �elds of bloom- ing soybeans to the east, with herds of angus cattle grazing on the hillsides to the southwest. Many visitors have proclaimed it as “Heaven on Earth”. Being located just 20 minutes from Je�erson City and 2 hours from Saint Louis and Kansas City the centrally located WPFF has enabled over 10,000 visitors every year to enjoy farm life for a day. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri has an $88 billion dollar agriculture industry. It is home to nearly 100,000 farms, covering two-thirds of the states total land acreage and supporting many of the states top agricultural commodities including soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs and turkeys and employing nearly 400,000 people across the state. Despite these num- bers there are still thousands of Missourians, and Americans, who do not know where their food comes from, or about the career possibilities in the agriculture related �elds. Over the next three years, the WPFF will strive to o�er visitors more than just a visit to the country where they can see farmers at work and interact with farm animals. The farm will o�er a full agricultural experience with educational exhibits and interactive kiosks. Visitors will learn about the farming of today and yesteryear, agricultural products, how the world is fed and how they can prosper with a career in agriculture. • What need, problem, or challenge will your project address, and how was it identified? The lack of interest in agriculture as a career has become a major concern in the United States. The AMT’s goal is to give visitors an insight into agriculture and the career opportunites that exsit. In a 2016 online survey, conducted by ORC International’s CARAVAN® Geographic Omnibus on behalf of Land O’ Lakes, it shows there's a startling lack of young people planning to work in the agriculture industry. In fact, only 3 percent of college grads and 9 percent of Millennials surveyed have or would consider an Ag career. When compared to other industries, respondents were least likely to indicate that they have or would consider a career in agriculture (6 percent), with healthcare and technology at the highest career interest (each at 21 percent); followed by education (20 percent); marketing and sales; �nance; and manufacturing and engineering (all at 12 percent). https://www.landolakesinc.com/lolinc/media/Pdf/Press%20Releases/2016/3-15-16-FINAL2.pdf USDA job reports underscore these �ndings: more than 20,000 agriculture jobs go un�lled each year. Despite this fact, the majority of survey respondents (54 percent) think it is di�cult or very di�cult for recent college graduates to get a job in agriculture. "We will need to produce more food in the next 40 or 50 years than in the previous 500 years combined," said Lydia Botham, executive director, Land O'Lakes Foundation. "Our priorities are clear – we must focus on attracting the next generation of Ag workers to the highly skilled, well-paid career opportunities. Failing to do so may lead to severe consequences." According to the survey, 76 percent of respondents do not think or are not sure if a career in Ag pays well. This misperception is prevalent across geographies (85 percent in the Northeast, 82 percent in the West and 71 percent in the Midwest and South). How- ever, 35 percent of Millennials (signi�cantly more than any other generation ) think Ag careers do pay well, (compared with 21 percent of Generation X and 17 percent of Baby Boomers), which may be a promising sign of attracting college students to the �eld. By putting a focus on agricultural educa- tion programs, the WPFF will aide in promoting a strong future for agriculture in the US.

    Where Pigs Fly Farm Pig Museum Expands to Agricultural Museum

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    Project Justi�cation 2 of 2

    • Who or what will benefit from your project? Because of the WPFF’s close ties to rural America, it is a priority to bene�t those who live in these areas. Agriculture is struggling to bring and keep young people engaged in agriculture. Many are not exposed to the wide range of career options in the �eld of agricul- ture – today’s agriculture is very di�erent and o�ers a wider array of opportunities and requires skills not previously associated with agriculture (e.g., advanced equipment design, development and maintenance; GIS; new approaches to animal and crop production; and, exploration of new crops suitable for the Midwest). The educational components of the museum will expose young people and their parents to the changing and emerging opportu- nities. With assistance from WPFF’s partnerships within educational and agricultural associa- tions, motivated youth will better be able to actively consider pursuing a career in agriculture. • How will your project advance your institution’s strategic plan? This new project will serve to strengthen the educational aspect of the WPFF. Since 2010 the WPFF has served as a "hands on" farm with basic information about the farm animals and their care. Expanding into an Agricultural Museum, which highlights agriculture as an intellectually stimulating and economically sustainable career, will promote the WPFF plan of providing visitors with an insight to agriculture with the goal of attracting more individuals to careers in agriculture related industries. • How will your project address the goals of the Museums for America program. A grant from the Museums for America grant program, will greatly improve the WPFF’s ability to facilitate the IMLS vision of transforming the lives of individuals and communities. The WPFF will prove to be a critical resource in helping advance, support, and empower visitors with information concerning agriculture, with the goal of increasing the number of individuals who seek an education in agriculture and ultimately employment in agriculture related �elds. The WPFF will promote the pursuit of new information and encourage a spirit of inquiry. With the addition of the new interactive educational exhibits, the library and meeting/training facility the WPFF will also be a great source for other organizations to further their missions of promoting agriculture. The Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Agriculture Future of America and Colleges will all be invited to promote via the museum, the museum’s library, website and kiosks. Additionally, information from the USDA, Missouri Department of Agriculture and other agriculture industry organizations will be available to visitors via these methods. The WPFF feels these additions will serve to better educate our visitors and greatly increase visitor numbers. With publically published data, individuals will also have access to all data via their computers or smart phones. MFA funds will enable WPFF to exhibit its current collection of agriculture artifacts and expand upon the interpretation of these collections, encouraging an appreciation of America’s past agricultural history.

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    Project Work Plan 1 of 4 The proposed project will be accomplished from October 1, 2019 through October 1, 2022, in three year-long phases: 1. Farmhouse and Exterior Exhibits 2. Oinkin Hall and The Old Dairy Barn Exhibits 3. Livestock Barn Loft Exhibits and Library Throughout the project, the AMT will also design and implement a comprehensive training program for farm and animal caretakers and farm museum guides. The WPFF, which moved to the Linn, MO location in 2015 has already invested over $250,000 in the past three years to provide a facility which o�ers rich learning experiences to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. The money was invested in remodel- ing buildings, creating exhibits, building fences, improving roads and having a small lake dug. Just over $25K has been invested in putting in a driveway, pouring the foundation, running the electric and digging the well for the “in-house” veterinary clinic. The improvements have been signi�cant, though with a grant from the Museums for America grant program, the WPFF will be able to provide visitors with a more complete agricultural education. The addition of more exhibits, informational kiosks, a website o�ering the public free information, a library, and trained sta� will encourage visitors to gain the literacies and life skills they need for employment in today’s agricultural economy. The grant will also provide rescources for the WPFF to o�er local individuals job opportunaties. The AMT strives to successfully collaborate with experts, community partners, visitors and others to create an agricultural museum that provides a rich learning opportunity for all ages. Working with the individuals and companies listed below will broaden the team’s under- standing of the best practices in creating an education based agricultural museum and ensure the WPFF’s e�orts to best serve the American public.

    The museum’s advisory committee; Martha Ray, Community Organizer, Central Missouri Comunity Action John Gulick, County Engagement Specialist, University of Missouri Extension Ryan Klatt, Agriculture Department Chair, State Technical College Terry Shepherd, FFA Department Head, Linn High School Je� Sutho�, FFA Department Head, Blair Oaks High School Diane Olson, MO Agriculture in the Classroom State Program Leader, MO Farm Bureau Eric Janssen, Construction Company Owner, Janssen Building & Development Corp.,