Ag in the Classroom provides resources for teachers and students in a classroom setting
Visit Ag in the Classroom
(AITC) and learn more about what this invaluable program provides teachers and their students, including publications and training materials specific to Oregon agriculture from a free loan library, inservice and continuing education credits, and more! Also, the national AITC site
has lots of additional teacher and learning resources.
Summer Ag Institute
(SAI), a project of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers are given first-hand experiences in the agriculture industry. The action-packed week includes field trips to farms and ranches, tours of processing plants, and lectures and hands-on labs taught by university professors. The highlight of the week is an overnight stay on a working farm where the teacher has an opportunity to meet a real farm family.
Oregon Ag Fest
, activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Over 17,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to learn about Oregon’s largest industry. State Fairgrounds in Salem.
FFA, for high school students
: FFA is the practical and applied study of math, science, English, social science, and leadership using agriculture education. Since 1928, the FFA motto "Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve"
has embodied what FFA is now trying to expose all students to through 21st century schools. Check to see if your high school has a local Chapter and FFA program
The Council for Agriculture Science and Technology
: the science source for food, agriculture, and environmental issues. CAST addresses issues of animal sciences, food sciences, and agricultural technology, plant and soil sciences, and plant protection sciences with inputs from economists, social scientists, toxicologists or plant pathologists and entomologists, weed scientists, nematologists, and legal experts
The Agri-Business Council of Oregon (ABC) offers educational resources to help teach Oregonians about agriculture, showcase agri-tourism techniques, and connect urban residents to the farming community through activities, education, and events. Many of these resources can be found at Oregonfresh.net
with the Adopt a Farmer Program
specifically educating kids about Oregon agriculture.