The Doña Ana County Farm Bureau (DACFB) is currently seeking applications for two of its free busing programs. Both programs offer free bus services for a limited number of agriculture-oriented student trips.

The DACFB Free Bus Program provides free bus services for K-12 classrooms in Doña Ana County to attend an agriculture-based field trip during the 2017-2018 school year. Buses are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and only one bus will be allotted for each school, according to a DACFB news release. Now in its 19th year, the program has grown to sponsoring approximately $11,000 annually in free busing for schools throughout the county, according to a DACFB news release.

In addition to the regular bus program, DACFB is also seeking applications for free busing program to the Southern New Mexico State Fair AGventure Days program—which will take place Sept. 27 to 29. Last year, DACFB provided a bus for each school to attend the two-day AGventure program, which has since been expanded to include a third day specifically for middle and high school students.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27 the AGventure Days program will feature a Career Fair Day which will allow students to explore a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math. This year, El Paso Electric has provided a $700 grant to help support busing specifically for the new Career Fair Day. The programs on Sept. 28 and 29 will offer similar opportunities but will be geared to elementary students.

Registration for either free busing program can be completed online at: www.nmaitc.org under the “happenings” tab.

According to a DACFB news release, agriculture is a field ripe with strong connections to science, technology, engineering, and math and provides students with great educational opportunities to learn about real world issues such as how to feed a growing world population. Many classes that utilize the free busing program opt to explore the Mesilla Valley Maze, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, or many of the outstanding and unique educational opportunities found at New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

Doña Ana County Farm & Livestock Bureau is a member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and local food supply. NMF&LB is the state’s largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.