Debra DeCourcy, APR
Note to editors, news directors: This news release will be of special interest to media who cover Clark, Pulaski, Steuben, Jasper, Adams, Montgomery, Delaware, Shelby, Vanderburgh and Dearborn counties.
(Indianapolis) – March 24, 2017– Ten classroom volunteers from across Indiana have been honored by Indiana Farm Bureau for their exemplary efforts to educate Indiana youth about agriculture.
All 10 volunteers are part of the Ag in the Classroom program. Ag in the Classroom is a nationwide program supported by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture in the Classroom Team. The program is coordinated in Indiana by Indiana Farm Bureau.
Karen King of Clark County was honored as Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year. King was selected for the award by a committee consisting of INFB staff, Women’s Leadership Committee members and a respected member of the community at large.
Also recognized were winners of the Reaching Out Award, which honors one AITC volunteer in each Farm Bureau district who has gone above and beyond to educate youth about agriculture and who provides unique or exemplary work in educating the public about the important role agriculture plays in everyday life.
The district winners were Kathy Wyatt, Pulaski County, District 1; Colleen Holman, Steuben County, District 2; Stacy Walker, Jasper County, District 3; Brad Kohlhagen, Adams County, District 4; Kelly Shannon, Montgomery County, District 5; Vickie Mitchell, Delaware County, District 6; Jennifer Thopy, Shelby County, District 8; David Brenner, Vanderburgh County, District 9; Jan Uhlmansiek, Dearborn County, District 10. (No nominations were received for District 7.)
The goal of Ag in the Classroom is to increase agricultural literacy in grades K-12. An agriculturally literate person is defined by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization as "one who understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects quality of life."
About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s very right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at INFB.