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.


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.

2018 Teacher Workshops | Schedule and Attendance
June 18  |  Texarkana—Trinity Baptist Church  Register
June 20  |  Temple—USDA/ARS  Register
June 21  |  College Station—USDA/ARS  Register
July 10  |  Angleton Brazoria County—AgriLife Extension Office Register
July 12  |  Palestine—TPW Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area  Register
July 17  |  Weslaco—AgriLife Extension Research Lab  Register
July 18  |  Corpus Christi—Region 2 Service Center Early Scholars Academy Register
July 19  |  Seguin—Texas Ag Ed & Heritage Center (Big Red Barn)  Register
July 31  |  Canyon—WTAMU Stanley Schaeffer Ag Ed Center  Register
August 1  |  Lubbock—USDA/ARS  Register
August 2  |  Fort Stockton—Pecos Co. Civic Center  Register
August 3  |  Abilene—Region 14 Service Center—Register


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

Planting the Seed

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

There’s nothing like firsthand experience. We come to you. Let your students get their hands dirty. Plant a seed. Watch it grow. Through Planting the Seed school visit program, we introduce the crops grown in Texas. And meet real farmers and ranchers through the magic of video.

Check out our curriculum alignment and register today to have Planting the Seed visit your school.

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 (SAI), 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.

Click for more information or apply here. This year’s seminar is June 4-7, 2018.

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.

Click for more information or apply here.

 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.

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

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.