Summer Ag Institute

Agriculture in the Classroom. A multifaceted program brings the world of agriculture to young minds.

It helps students grades 1-6 to see the world where their food is grown. And how farmers and ranchers touch their lives. Daily.

NAITC Conference Scholarship

Texas Farm Bureau is providing scholarships for 10 teachers to attend the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 18-21, 2019. Any active K-12 classroom teacher or aide who teaches in Texas and has not previously attended the conference is eligible to apply.

Click here for more information and apply today.

 

National Ag in the Classroom Conference

Workshops

Hands-on workshops. Regionalized. Get to know resources available to you through Texas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom program.

The focus is on science in these three-hour to one-day workshops, but they are also cross-curricular. No cost to attend. No cost to teachers or school districts. Resource material is free. And professional development credits are offered.

Registration for summer 2019 workshops will be available this spring.

 

Ag in the Classroom teacher workshop

Lesson Plans

A roadmap of Texas agriculture. That details the crops. The livestock. And the people who grow them. That’s what you find in Texas Farm Bureau’s lesson plans for Ag in the Classroom.

Click here to get your copy of our curriculum today.

Contact Jett Mason at 254-751-2569 with questions regarding the lesson plans.

 

Ag in the Classroom curriculum

School Visit Program

What’s the science behind growing healthy plants? What does that mean for our economy? What does it mean for a hungry world? Students three to four generations removed from the farm need to know.

Bring the farm to your classroom. There’s nothing like firsthand experience. Real crops and by-products. Soil and seeds. Writing a letter to a real farmer.  Through the school visit program, we introduce the crops grown in Texas. And meet real farmers and ranchers through the magic of video.

Science
Grades 2-5
Planting the Seed: Soil, seeds, plants and more
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Reading and Writing
Grades 2-5
Who Grew My Soup
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Social Studies
Grades 2-7
Mapping Out Texas Agriculture: Regions, economics and history
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Careers
Grade 8
Investigating Agriculture Careers: Not just sows, cows and plows
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Texas Farm Bureau's Planting the Seed Program

Summer Agricultural Institute

Get your hands dirty. Real-life experiences. Ideas about agriculture that can enrich classroom grades K-12. All through the Summer Agricultural Institute, a four-day professional development seminar.

Receive 36 CPE hours. Bring home exciting resources about agriculture for your students and colleagues. And a better understanding of where your food and fiber come from and the people who grow it.

Scholarships are available through the local county Farm Bureau office.

Information for the 2019 Summer Agricultural Institute will be available in the spring.

Contact Jett Mason at 254-751-2569 for more information.

Learn soil testing during AITC's Summer Ag Institute

Learning from the Ground Up

Small scale gardening. Large scale farming. Let us help your students make the connection through our Learning from the Ground Up program.

Our grant program can help your school establish or improve school gardens or greenhouses. Because we want you to take learning outside the classroom to provide students with real-world agricultural experiences.

Information about the next grant cycle will be available in July 2019.

 Learning from the Ground Up program

Additional Resources

National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization: A network of resources for educators seeking to improve agricultural literacy and engage students in kindergarten through seniors in high school.

Agriculture in the Classroom Vimeo Video Channel: More than 70 videos are available for classroom use, including harvest footage, crop-specific videos and “Meet a Farmer” videos.

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture True Beef: Pasture To Plate Educator Guide:  The documentary True Beef follows high school students from Central Texas as they travel across the state to learn about every step in the beef process from pasture to plate. Complete lesson plans are included and TEKS aligned. True Beef is available from AFBFA on DVD or online at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/truebeef.

Journey 2050: takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry-based approach, the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. Complete teacher guide with lesson plans included—completely free.