Ag in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its goal 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. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government.
The USDA established Agriculture in the Classroom in 1981. It has the endorsement of all living former secretaries of agriculture, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the National Conference of States Legislatures, State Governors of the States, and the major agricultural organizations and commodity groups. Significant progress has been made through these partnerships of agriculture, business, education, government and dedicated volunteers.
In Indiana, the Ag in the Classroom program is coordinated by the Indiana Farm Bureau. Members of the organization who are interested in becoming Ag in the Classroom volunteers are provided program materials and standards-based lessons for use in their counties. There are more than 130 active volunteers across the state of Indiana. In 2012, more than 60,000 students learned about agriculture through more than 100,000 lessons, activities and field trips about a variety of agriculture topics.
The Indiana Ag in the Classroom program offers lessons and materials free of charge to schools, community groups, and other non-profit organizations. For additional information on the Ag in the Classroom program, please visit the National AITC website at www.agclassroom.org or contact the Indiana Farm Bureau.
Women’s Leadership Committee
The Women’s Leadership Committee is dedicated to educating the public with programs and events that promote a positive image of agriculture. These activities provide opportunities for leadership, communication, political involvement and networking.
Telling the story of agriculture in a factual and engaging manner is an ongoing effort of the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
Agricultural Culture Exchange (ACE)
The Women’s Leadership Committee sponsors an annual opportunity for Indiana Farm Bureau members to travel as ambassadors for agriculture. The goal of Agricultural Culture Exchange (ACE) Ambassador program is to promote greater understanding of agriculture, people, family life, and cultures in different parts of the country.
The 2015 host state for the ACE Ambassador program is Virginia. With such a diverse agricultural landscape including tobacco, broilers, cattle, and specialty crops operations, in addition to Virginia Farm Bureau’s work with water rights and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is an exceptional location for the 2015 program.
Stephen and Sherry Neff from Marshall County and Matt and Rachel Stine from Montgomery County will travel to Michigan in the summer of 2014 as the current ACE Ambassadors.
To apply for the 2015 program, fill out an application and provide necessary references to the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. office by closing time February 2, 2015. Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 317-692-7854.
For more information on the ACE, contact Meggie Foster at 317-692-7183 or email@example.com.
Recognizing the importance of encouraging young men and women to continue involvement in 4-H, the WLC sponsors the 4-H Tenure program each year to recognize outstanding Indiana 4-Hers. The program awards two 4-H members from each county for having the best record in terms of tenure in 4-H membership and the greatest number of projects. Certificates provided by the WLC and award plaques provided by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance may be given to 4-H winners at county or district Farm Bureau meetings.
For more information about the 4-H Tenure program, contact Ashley Beasley at 317-692-7830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste from Indiana Farms
Each year, the WLC sponsors an annual three-day event at the Indiana State Fair. The Taste From Indiana Farms event offers fairgoers an opportunity to sample food items or commodities that are produced or grown by Indiana farmers. The event also provides Indiana Farm Bureau members the opportunity to interact with Hoosier consumers and dispel common myths about food and agriculture production.