Summer Ag Institute

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.

 

Workshops

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

The focus is on science in these one-day workshops, but they are also cross-curricular. Resource material is free. And professional development credits are offered.

Check back in early 2020 for the workshop schedule.

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 Educational Outreach at 254.751.2258 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.

Check back in 2020 for Summer Ag Institute information.

Learning 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.

The 2019 application period has closed. Check back in 2020 for grant opportunities.

Learning from the Ground Up program

Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Nomination

Texas Farm Bureau awards one teacher annually with the Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Award.

This award is presented to the teacher for their innovative, multi-disciplined and continued efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture.

A County Farm Bureau must nominate the teacher. Eligibility requirements include:

• Certified PK-12 classroom teachers who actively teach about agriculture
• Any content area is acceptable, with the exception of vocational agriculture
• Previous winners of the award are not eligible. Teachers who have previously applied but weren’t selected may apply again.

The 2019 application period has closed. The next application period will open in summer 2020.

*High school and middle school agricultural science teachers are not eligible.

Mary Beth Bauer winner of 2019 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Winner

Additional Resources

Order TFB Classroom Resources: TFB has resources and materials available for purchase. Items include classroom sets, hardback book, brochures, bookmarks, coloring books and more.

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.