State Reports

State Summary 2016 — West Virginia

State Contact

Ms. Mary Beth Bennett
West Virginia University Extension
400 W. Stephen St. Ste 302
Martinsburg, WV 25401
P: 304.264.1936

Classroom Resources

Developed a unit on Pollinators and presented it at the 2016 NAITC Conference. The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab revised/updated the following lessons we currently offer to Pre-K through 5th grade students: Colorful Bean - Revised lesson procedures, updated soybean uses info, obtained newest bookletMax the Sprout" as classroom extension; Clean Sweep - Updated nutritional labels, revised lesson materials; Snack Attack - Updated nutritional labels, food items, lesson procedure sheets; Glue from Milk - Revised lesson materials; Strawberry DNA - Revised lesson procedure sheet; Groundhogs Garden - Revised student lesson sheet; Take Me Out to the Cornfield - Revised student lesson sheet; Tops and Bottoms - Revised student lesson sheet.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

We held a two day Summer Agriculture Institute in 2016 with 35 teachers attending. The Mobile lab visited 36 schools throughout the year.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

92% of teachers in serviced in 2016 said that they planned to use at least one of the activities they learned at the Summer Ag Institute.

100% of teachers in serviced would recommend our program to their friends and other teachers.

85% of schools ask for the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab to revisit their schools in the future.

At least 75% of the students add to or gain knowledge of Agriculture after their visit in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab.


For Mary Beth Bennett - I have my AA, BS, MS and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State university. I spent 2 years in Brazil with the Peace Corps between my AA and BS and 4 years in Africa between my BS and MS. I have been a County Agricultural Agent for the last 20 years and developed the West Virginia Ag in the Classroom Program by holding a Summer Agriculture Institute each year to train teachers.

For Michelle Bailey – My AA and BS is from Fairmont State University. I have spent the past 18 years teaching in an Early Childhood classroom. I joined the West Virginia Farm Bureau staff in 2015 as coordinator for the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab.