Welcome to Bell Agricultural Science

alt Bell Community Services, Inc. (BCS), chartered on 1/3/07, is a not-for-profit 501©(3) Arkansas Corporation, headquartered in St. Louis, with a branch office in Forest City, AR. We collaborate with urban school districts, colleges and non-profit groups to promote science-based agricultural education, assist students to explore and discover agribusiness career opportunities and to graduate from college ready for career success.

2007 - With a grant from the Monsanto Fund, BCS developed an in-school, co-curricular, career exploration program, called FARMY (Future Agricultural Resources for Minority Youth). This established a collaboration with the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Chapter of MANRRS, which provided 3 college students as interns to assist 3 high school teachers from 3 urban school districts in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas metro area.

These teachers, none of them certified to teach Agriculture, administered the program with field trips and guest presentations. Two BCS board members, Catherine Coleman, a Community College Vice President and Armentha Russell, a retired Assistant School Superintendent, agreed to serve as program Co-Directors. A total of 85 students participated. The students at each school formed groups that competed for awards and recognition at the end of the school year.

2008 - The Monsanto Fund grant was renewed for Pine Bluff. The teachers, schools, college interns and students returned to participate. Also, in Bolivar County, MS, a Summer garden project, called Planting a Seed, was approved by the West Bolivar School District Superintendent, with help from Congressman Bennie Thompson. The project received TV and Print media coverage.

2009 - BCS identified a need for Agricultural education programs in the Greater St. Louis area, and developed collaborators to address that need. The Bell Greater St. Louis Agriscience Program was born. The Bell Greater St. Louis Agriscience Project was designed to establish an “urban” school-based agribusiness career exploration program. The primary collaborators for the project initially the St. Louis Public Schools, FACE, a state funded agricultural program development agency, administered through the Illinois Board of Education and the St. Louis Agribusiness Club. Financial support was also provided by the St. Louis-based United Soybean Board (USB).

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