Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom Program was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture for an agricultural literacy project called Telling Our Agricultural Story.
"We often have farmers and teachers call with concerns over misinformation being taught in classrooms, movies, books or other events related to our food supply and methods of production," said Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator. "Now with Telling Our Agricultural Story program funds we will put together a set of resources and lesson plans that can be used in a classroom setting, with youth groups such as 4-H and FFA, and in educational displays."
The resources will include informational booklets about modern production agriculture, student handouts, promotional flyers, and lesson plans. The lesson plans will be targeted for middle and high school students."
Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom will work with the Wisconsin Beef Council and Wisconsin Pork Producers Association on developing these resources – along with the support of other Wisconsin commodity groups. Once developed, they will be able to provide instructors, parents, and producers with an organized pro-active set of lesson plans and resources to help tell our agricultural story.
The USDA's Agriculture in the Classroom Enrichment Grant Program allows state Ag in the Classroom contacts to strengthen state programs by funding innovative ideas and proven outreach strategies to increase agricultural literacy among K-12 teachers and their students.
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 of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.