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Junior Achievement of the Heartland Celebrates Grand Opening of Agriculture Center

Posted on November 15, 2018

Ribbon cutting takes place for new business offered in JA BizTown® program at JA World

Moline, IL – Junior Achievement of the Heartland celebrated the Grand Opening of JA BizTown’s Agriculture Center at JA World on Thursday, November 15.

JA BizTown is a capstone program for elementary students that focuses on economics and business.  Students attend a daylong, hands-on experience where they run various businesses, earn paychecks, open and manage bank accounts, and become full-fledge consumers making purchases at other student-run businesses.  The program operates inside a lifelike community at JA World.

The Agriculture Center enhances the students’ learning experience by combining educational opportunities promoting the agriculture industry and business elements key to the JA BizTown experience.  The JA BizTown Agriculture Center is sponsored by Bayer. 

“The agriculture industry is a vital component of our local economy.  It is important for our students to understand its role in our community,” said Dougal Nelson, President CEO, JA of the Heartland.  “We are grateful for Bayer’s support to add an Agriculture Center to our JA BizTown experience.”

“The Muscatine, Iowa Bayer location appreciates the opportunity to partner with JA of the Heartland and join the JA BizTown community.  By sponsoring the Agriculture Center we hope to provide students an opportunity to learn even more about Agriculture and STEM related career paths,” stated Shawn Schrader, Site Manager, Bayer.

Students from ROWVA Central Elementary School in Oneida, IL will participate in the JA BizTown program during the celebration.  Other guests include Mayer Frank Klipsch and representatives from Bayer, Quad City Chamber, and JA of the Heartland.

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin. More than 55,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit from JA programs each year. Visit for more information.

About Bayer
Bayer Crop Science: Shaping agriculture to benefit farmers, consumers and our planet.

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