State Reports

State Summary 2016 — 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 – Time for Cranberries

This Business Called Agriculture student book

This Business Called Agriculture Educator Guide

Ag Agricultural Career for You Educator Guide

Growing Wisconsin lesson activities

Wisconsin Commodity Map

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

  1. Coordinated Summer Teacher Training with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls offering a two day bus tour for 12 participants and a one day classroom training for 15 participants.
  2. Distributed $1,200 to 12 teachers through a Teacher Mini-Grant program.
  3. Administered $7,156 of AITC matching grants to 15 local agricultural groups, schools and organizations.
  4. Had 3,027 students participate in the essay contest for 4-5th grade students with the topic, "Tell us about maple syrup in Wisconsin."
  5. Increased involvement at the Wisconsin State Fair by participating in three State Fair Camp Days, reaching 500 Milwaukee youth and co-sponsored 30,000 State Fair Activity books.
  6. 2016 Farm Facts Brochure, which we update from the DATCP Ag Statistics, introduced the use of Aurasma, the interactive app that brings the brochures to life.
  7. Increased social media efforts via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
  8. Ag in the Classroom volunteers Ashley Prue presented a workshop at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference. Teacher of the Year Kayla Adamson also attended and received a CHS Scholarship.
  9. Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom took on the Wisconsin Agri-business Council’s educational books when the organization dissolved. Educator guides were developed for both booklets. Sponsorship was solicited and the following were printed: An Agricultural Career for You- 7,500 student books and 300 educator guides; This Business Called Agriculture- 30,000 student books and 500 educator guides.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  1. Increased the number of students participating in the essay contest from 2,467 to 3,027.
  2. Increased the number of teachers reached in the following categories: 0-.5 hours from 465 to 587; 3-5 hours from 55 to 285; 6-10 hours from 29 to 116; and 11-20 hours from 3 to 20.
  3. Increased the number of students reached through their teacher from 28,456 to 29,686 (elementary) and 1,016 to 1,200 (secondary).


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