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.