An action-packed classroom training for teachers and volunteers will be offered by Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom on Thursday, July 6. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, including home-school parents and volunteers, are encouraged to attend.
The day will begin at West Madison Research Station with a tour and presentation on gardens, research and plantings. Participants will take away new ideas to incorporate into their school gardens and plant projects.
Educational resources will be presented by staff from the Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Dairy Council, Wisconsin Beef Council and Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers. All the groups have Pre-K through high school resources relating to various subject areas. Ag in the Classroom staff will showcase new materials offered on a state and national level along with American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture educational programs.
The day will end at the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Station, where participants will learn about soil science, turf management and related career options.
The $20 registration fee covers meals and materials. Additional funding for this event is provided by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation-Jeanette Poulson Fund.
Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and K-12 students with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation’s largest industry: agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role agriculture plays in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.