State Summary 2015 — Indiana
Indiana Ag-mag: 12-page, full color magazine featuring information about Indiana agriculture, ag careers, and STEM.
Customized The Beef Princess of Practical County teacher guide to include a key as well as additional questions specific to Indiana, the state the story takes place in.
Barn Tours website was created. It features information about some of Indiana's top livestock commodities. The website can be found at: http://barntours.inaitc.org/
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
The Indiana AITC program continues the process of building a strong program for volunteers and better meet the needs of Indiana schools and teachers. Through a grant received in 2014/15 from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, we were able to develop and distribute 190 Ag Literacy Tool kits that contained a 12-page, full color magazine featuring information about Indiana agriculture, ag careers, and STEM related agriculture; two copies of The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts, which takes place in the fictitious town of Nowhere, Indiana; multiple lesson plans; 92 activities to incorporate agriculture into the classroom; facts sheets and color changing pencils. We also customized The Beef Princess of Practical County teacher guide to include a key as well as additional questions specific to Indiana. Also funded by the grant was a new segment to our website entitled Barn Tours. Barn Tours features information about some of Indiana's major livestock commodities. The website can be found at: http://barntours.inaitc.org/ This site will be receiving additional information later this spring and into the summer along with coordinating posters, bookmarks and a place-mat for events and was initially promoted through a mass mailing to 550 schools around the state. We also updated several lesson plans and activities to include Indiana Education Standards. We also increased the number of teachers to attend our workshops by 550% by hosting two regional workshops, both at agri-tourism dairy farms.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Teacher attendance at our workshops increased substantially by hosting three regional workshops up from 6 in 2014 to 55 in 2015. The annual volunteer update and teacher workshop attendance has grown by 67% in the past 3 years.
Julie Taylor is the State Contact for Indiana. Prior to joining Farm Bureau as the Education Coordinator, Julie taught junior and senior high school Family & Consumer Science for 10 1/2 years. Beginning in the third quarter of 2015, Julie's primary work focus is now on Ag in the Classroom and other educational outreach programs coordinated by Indiana Farm Bureau. She has held this position for 3 years.