State Reports

State Summary 2015 — Missouri

State Contact

Ms. Diane Olson
Missouri Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 658
Jefferson City, MO 65102
P: 573.893.1414
E: dolson@mofb.com
Website

Classroom Resources

Created a 12-page tabloid, Agriculture is Everywhere, in cooperation with the MO Press Foundation. Reviewed, refreshed and updated links to existing webquests posted online at mofb.org and linked at agclassroom.org

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

On line Agricultural WebQuests continue to be highly trafficed by educators and parents. These on-line resources couple technology skills and agricultural literacy. Each lesson is teacher created and aligned with state learning standards.

Google Analytics Dashboard reports 4502 visits with 2461 pages viewed in 2015. Exhibiting at statewide teacher events including the MO Association of School Librarians promotes the resource to educators and pre-service educators. These venues provided over 5000 contacts.

Promoted the My American Farm online resource to educators and consumers.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops and pre-service training assist in getting information regarding this resource to educators. Topics provide accurate portrayals of agriculture and ideas for infusing agricultural concepts into the curriculum.

Three Counties hosted over 1000 3rd and 4th grade students during Farm Day events providing hands-on experiences in agriculture.

$7500 in mini-grants awarded to teachers providing assistance with resources and field trips allowing accurate agricultural messages to students. 29 awards were made ultimately reaching 2250 students.

200 educators and volunteers participated in workshops held at the MO Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference.

County Farm Bureau volunteers provide program support for schools in their respective counties. These include field days, classroom resource persons, materials for classroom use and organizing teacher workshops.

Partnerships provide opportunities to multiply efforts. Venues including the American Royal, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri State Fair, Kansas City AgriBusiness Council, FFA, Sigma Alpha, St. Louis Agriculture Business Club, Missouri Farmers Care and Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow promote agricultural literacy to a variety of audience.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

80% of educators participating in workshops, in-service or pre-service education have utilized materials presented. Many have requested additional information and referred additional teachers to the program for information and resources.

90% of the teachers receiving the Agriculture is Everywhere 12-page tabloid have utilized it's content with students. The feedback has been extremely positive regarding content, usability and alignment with state learning standards.

88% of the teachers in the pre-service workshops indicate they have visited the website and will plan to utilize the materials and develop teaching units for use in the classroom. Many are accessing the Curriculum Matrix.

72% of 4th grade teachers utilized agricultural concepts in their study of Missouri.

4500 urban students participated in school tours at the American Royal and learned about agriculture. Educators indicated that over 50% of their students were enlightened by learning where their food and fiber originates.

90% of the teachers participating in the Farm Day Programs in their respective counties indicated they utilized the agricultural message pre/post within their classroom. 70% indicate they gained a better understanding of agriculture and can better utilize agricultural materials as a result.

85% of students participating in pre-service programs indicate it is helpful to them as they continue to plan for their career in teaching about agriculture.

200 teachers participating in the training conducted in conjunction with the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference indicated they would immediatley include the resources shared in upcoming units of study. Two hands-on sessions for students were conducted allowing them to experience a broader understanding of agriculture. Materials demonstrated were given to each participant to share with their family, teacher and others.

Biosketch

B.S. Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

M.S. from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Additional post-graduate studies at the University of MO

11/1/1985-Present-Director of Promotion and Education for Missouri Farm Bureau Federation which includes state contact for Agriculture in the Classroom

1969-1985-University of Missouri Extension Child and Family Development Specialist

11/1/1985-Present Missouri Agriculture in the Classroom State Contact

1997-1998 President-Elect of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium

1998-1999 President of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium