Ag in The Classroom
Reaching Out from Farm to City
The vast majority of today's youth are two or three generations
removed from the farm. Farm Bureau's award-winning "Ag-in-the-Classroom"
program is an effort to re-acquaint those youth with their agrarian
roots and to help them know the origins of their food and clothing through agriculture-related Arkansas curriculum frameworks, school garden grants and more.
Created in cooperation with the United States Department of
Agriculture and educational and economic experts, the program also
strives to build respect for the farming community. It's important that
young people feel good about those who nurture and care for the plants
and animals that are such a vital part of modern agriculture. They need
to know that farmers are, above all, good stewards.
The Ag-in-the-Classroom program utilizes volunteers, both
teachers and farmers, as in-classroom resources. Teachers incorporate
Ag-in-the- Classroom materials with their normal, traditional Arkansas curriculum frameworks;
and farmers often serve as teaching guests and distribute activity
books and information on specific crops.
For more information about this program, including school garden grants and Arkansas curriculum frameworks, contact your county Farm Bureau. The Arkansas Farm Bureau also offers opportunities for Arkansas college scholarships.