State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Wisconsin

State Contact

Ms. Darlene Arneson
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 5550
Madison, WI 53705-0550
P: 608.828.5644

Classroom Resources

2017 Farm Facts -

Children’s Book Resources for John Deere That's Who-

Growing Wisconsin 2018 lesson activities -

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

  • We had record numbers on our two-day bus tour (46 participants) and summer classroom training session (37 participants).
  • Administered an all-time high of 26 grants totaling $11,964 in the AITC Matching Grant Program.
  • Administered $1,300 in Teacher Mini-Grants to 13 educators for agriculture literacy projects.
  • Had 2,818 students participate the essay contest for 4-5th grade students with the topic "Tell us about cranberry production in Wisconsin during one of the four seasons."
  • Named Livia Doyle, a fourth-grade teacher from Mineral Point, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
  • Distributed over 40,000 copies of This Business Called Agriculture and An Agricultural Career for You to students, teachers and volunteers.
  • Continued to expand our partnerships and working relationships with agricultural and educational groups in Wisconsin.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • Increased bus tour participants from 12 in 2016 to 46 in 2017
  • Increased one-day summer classroom participants from 14 in 2016 to 37 in 2017
  • Over 40,000 youth were impacted with This Business Called Agriculture books and activities to help them learn about various Wisconsin commodities.
  • Over 4,000 students were impacted with career pathway and career exploration skills during several career days, classroom presentations, and over 7,500 An Agricultural Career for You books were distributed.
  • 2,818 students researched and wrote essays on one aspect of cranberry production during the Essay Contest.


Darlene Arneson returned as the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Coordinator in October 2016 after a 2 ½ year departure. She previously served in that role from September 2004 – 2014 and 2016- present. Work with teachers of all grade levels and volunteers by providing agriculture education resources that will help to increase the agricultural literacy in our state. Coordinate volunteer training for counties to assist them in developing an Ag in the Classroom program. Administer funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Responsibilities also include staffing display booths at teacher conventions and trade shows; administering the Matching Grant, Teacher Mini-Grant and Outstanding Teacher programs; completion of required reports;and developing new programs and activities.

Darlene had served as the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation Director from 2008-2014. Responsibilities include securing funding, conducting fundraisers, and coordination of sponsorship of programs and activities.

Darlene was the Dane County Agriculture in the Classroom coordinator for Dane County Farm Bureau, Madison. 1990 – 2004. Served for ten years on county level and was appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Steering Committee.

Darlene was an Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor: Cashton High School and Cambridge High School. 1986 – 1990. Responsible for teaching the agriculture and natural resource classes, served as FFA and class advisor, assisted the FFA Alumni and developed curriculum for program. Managed the school farm that was donated to the school district.

Education-Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Education from University of Wisconsin - Madison