State Summary 2016 — Missouri
Created 3 new 16"x20" posters, Seasons of Agriculture, Back to School with Agriculture and Advocating for Agriculture for classroom use. Created and released a full color 12-page tabloid, Agriculture is Everywhere, in cooperation with the MO Press Foundation. Reviewed, refreshed and updated links to existing webquests posted online at mofb.org and linked the Curriculum Matrix to the MO Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom website.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Over 170000 copies of the 12-page tabloid, Agriculture is Everywhere, are being used in classrooms across the state. Content aligns with MO Learning Standards Grades 2-5. On-line Agricultural WebQuests combine agriculture and technology and continue to be highly trafficed by educators and parents. Exhibiting at statewide teacher events including the MO Association of School Librarians promotes resources to educators and pre-service teachers. Promoted the AFBF My American Farm online resource to educators and parents. Provided teacher Professional Development Workshops and pre-service training to assist in getting information regarding resources to educators. Topics provide an accurate portrayal of agriculture and ideas for infusing agricultural concepts into the classroom curriculum. Four Counties hosted over 2000 3rd and 4th grade students during Farm Day events providing hands-on experiences in agriculture. Over 1500 students were reached during Lincoln University's Farm Field Day. $7500 in mini-grants was awarded to teachers to provide assistance in purchasing accurate agricultural resources, field trips and consumables allowing students to become agriculturally literate. 29 awards were made ultimately reaching 2250 students.200 educators and volunteers participated in workshops held at the MO Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. County FB volunteers provide program support for schools through field days, classroom visits, classroom resources and organizing teacher workshops. Conducted training for staff at the newly opened GROW exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center. Over 1 million visitors enter the exhibit annually. Partnerships provide opportunities to multiply efforts. Venues including the American Royal School tours and neighborhood schools program, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri State Fair, Kansas City AgriBusiness Council, FFA and the St. Louis Agriculture Business Club promote agricultural literacy to a variety of audience.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
85% of educators participating in workshops, in-service or pre-service education have utilized materials presented. Many have requested additional information and referred additional teachers to the program for information and resources.
95% of the teachers receiving the Agriculture is Everywhere 12-page tabloid have utilized it's content with students. The feedback has been extremely positive regarding content, usability and alignment with state learning standards.
75% of the teachers in the pre-service workshops indicate they have visited the website and will plan to utilize the materials and develop teaching units for use in the classroom. Many are accessing the Curriculum Matrix.
75% of 4th grade teachers utilized agricultural concepts in their study of Missouri.
5100 urban students participated in school tours at the American Royal and learned about agriculture. Educators indicated that over 65% of their students were enlightened by learning where their food and fiber originates.
90% of the teachers participating in the Farm Day Programs in their respective counties indicated they utilized the agricultural message pre/post within their classroom. 75% indicate they gained a better understanding of agriculture and can better utilize agricultural materials as a result.
85% of students participating in pre-service programs indicate it is helpful to them as they continue to plan for their career in teaching about agriculture.
200 teachers participating in the training conducted in conjunction with the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference indicated they would immediatley include the resources shared in upcoming units of study. Two hands-on sessions for students were conducted allowing them to experience a broader understanding of agriculture. 82% of the Agriculture Educators who participated in a Professional Development workshop at their state meeting indicated they utilized the materials. Many have ordered additional items.
B.S. in Education Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
M.S. in Child and Family Studies from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Additional post-graduate studies at the University of MO
11/1/1985-Present-Director of Promotion and Education for Missouri Farm Bureau Federation which includes state contact for Agriculture in the Classroom
University of Missouri Extension Child and Family Development Specialist
11/1/1985-Present Missouri Agriculture in the Classroom State Contact
1997-1998 President-Elect of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium
1998-1999 President of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium