State Summary 2016 — North Dakota
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Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program had four major components again this year:
Project Food, Land & People (FLP) Teacher Workshops were held to educate 60 K-12 teachers on integrating agricultural information into their curriculum. Each participating teacher received a copy of the Resources for Learning CD, as prepared by the national FLP organization. In addition, teachers took tours and listened to guest speakers to learn more about agriculture (North Dakota s #1 industry) and how to make it relevant to their students. We had 4 summer workshops and one online course during spring semester. We have 4 versions of the program due to overwhelming requests from educators who want more. FLP training was offered via correspondence and/or online. We use Facebook as our tool along with two sessions via Interactive Video Network at NDSU. Educators receive credit from North Dakota State University for our courses. The educators affect Ag literacy of approximately 3500 students, an average of 5 times each year with a FLP lesson.
Three editions of the North Dakota Ag Mag (with Teacher Guides) were distributed to students in grades 3 through 5. The total distribution was 11000 issues for the year.
The North Dakota Geographic Alliance coordinated an agriculture tour for a total of 30 elementary and high school teachers to give them a firsthand glimpse into the agriculture industry.
A Mini-Grant Program funded 30 projects that promoted agricultural literacy over 6100 students and adults by using hands-on activities to develop and enrich understanding of agriculture as the source of food and fiber in our society.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
90% of teachers attending our summer workshops indicated they will use the curriculum at least 5 times reaching approximately 3500 students.
98% of those teachers have indicated they have an extremely high degree of satisfaction with the experience and will utilize the materials since it is matched to state standards.
11000 students received the ND Ag Mag publication 3 times this school year. Agriculture literacy increased for approximately 6500 students and community members due to the programs funded by the Mini-Grants made possible.
5,855 students have improved agriculture literacy due to the annual field trip programsLiving Ag Classroom" andSpecial Assignment Pizza".
Ashley oversees the day-to-day operations of North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom and works to develop the program to meet the ever-changing needs of North Dakota educators and promote the greatest industry in the world, North Dakota agriculture!
Ashley fell in love with agriculture as a youngster. Inspired by her involvement on the farm and the 4-H program, Ashley developed a passion for education and communication. This interest led her to pursue a degree at South Dakota State University in Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications. Ashley worked as a county extension agent in North Dakota for two years prior to taking on her position with the ND Department of Agriculture as the Agriculture in the Classroom Specialist.