State Reports

State Summary 2016 — Texas

State Contact

Mr. Jett Mason
Texas Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 2689
Waco, TX 76702
P: 254.751.2569
E: jmason@txfb.org
Website

Classroom Resources

  • Farmland accompanying curriculum and resources
  • Texas Top Ten Revision
  • Who Grew My Soup/My Plate
  • The Very Hungry Texas Caterpillar
  • Oh Say Can You Seed, complete revision
  • Texas Farm Bureau Career Graphic(2 sided)
  • Water and Soil Unit based on Nancy Carlson's book
  • Misconceptions About Agriculture, AFBF
  • Math and Agriculture
  • PLANTING THE SEED, school visit curriculum

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

2016 was the 22nd consecutive year TFB conducted Summer Ag Institute at Tarleton University. 14 Participants attended, with an outreach to 13,800 students.

In 2016 there were 11 one-day workshops held around the state with a record 265 teachers attending. These workshops concentrate on training teachers to integrate agriculture across the curriculum, but with a particular focus on science.

The nine AITC Mobile Learning Barn trailers are still popular with audiences. These MLB trailers are equipped with sides that open up to exhibit graphic displays showing the wide variety of crops and livestock grown in Texas. The Mobile Learning Barns are being exhibited at schools, shopping malls, county livestock shows and other venues where the county Farm Bureau wants to tell agriculture's story. During 2016,over 94,736 people viewed the Mobile Learning Barns, learning about the various commodities grown in Texas. Student impact was 36,782.

In 2016, TFB's Planet Agriculture continued to operate under the AITC umbrella. Planet Ag is a movable display that covers from 3000 to 7000 square feet of exhibit space at 7 major livestock shows in the state. It contains interactive computer games, videos and graphics that highlight major commodities grown in Texas. In 2016, over 2,378,367 people visited Planet Ag. The Harvest Experience was viewed by more than 70,000.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  1. Texas Farm Bureau funded 33 Garden Grants of $500. So far, County Farm Bureaus have provided additional funding for 12 grants.
  2. Over 56,355 students participated in AITC related activities such as county Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Days.
  3. County Farm Bureaus spent over $45,860.25 for AITC resource material and to carry out county wide AITC programs in 2016.
  4. Over 280 county Farm Bureau member volunteers assisted with AITC programs and activities in 2016.
  5. Over 131,000 people viewed the nine Mobile Learning Barn trailers in 2016.
  6. Over 2,300,000 people came through the Planet Agriculture display during the seven shows it was displayed during 2016. This included elementary school students who came through in organized tours. We were able to show them the scope, diversity and importance of agriculture, and how it touches our lives daily. We were able to hand out AITC material to the teachers who accompanied the students.
  7. Texas Farm Bureau expanded our School Visit Program, Planting The Seed and saw 10,866 Texas Elementary school students.
  8. Over 600 teachers were provided curriculum, as we made our school stops.

Biosketch

Mona Oney graduated from Texas A&M, Commerce, with a Bachelor of Science and Elementary Teacher's certificate. Her teaching experiences include Reading Specialization in Kindergarten through 7th grade. Mona was born into a farming family in the Texas Panhandle, where they raised cattle, hogs, wheat, soybeans, and cotton. Currently she is actively engaged in a farming operation where she and her brother raise cotton, both irrigated and dry land, wheat, and cattle. She has been with Texas Farm Bureau for four years.