State Summary 2015 — Kentucky
Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips and Passport Program added to it's list of available videos this year. http://www.kyfarmsfeedme.com/
This virtual field trip series and curriculum brings the farms and farmers to your classrooms, learning centers, and homes. The video field trips were developed around Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Practical Living, Vocational Skills, and Technology. Students can learn more about local food and farmers so they can make informed decisions about food choices. Students can also learn about the daily work of farmers and get a glimpse of skills needed for farming, food processing, and business management. In addition, we have developed a curriculum program that ties in additional Core Academic Standards, such as science, social studies, math and language arts.
Kentucky Agriculture A to Z Coloring Book: This 28-page coloring book features the major commodities and issues important to Kentucky’s agriculture community. The coloring book is heavy on educational text (suitable for 2nd grade and up) but coloring enthusiasts of any age will enjoy making this book their own works of art and gain an understanding of the many facets of Kentucky farming.
Bushels or Bust Economics Game: Ideal for grades 5-12, this game-based lesson teaches economics concepts and provides skill assessment in math and vocational studies. Students will plan and produce a theoretical crop of corn by making decisions and taking risks to see how they fare in making a profit. They will also learn how weather and market changes are out of the farmer’s control.
Product Pandemonium: Students will look at several products (food, household, clothing, construction, etc.) and try to determine their farm origins. Many products contain ingredients with crop, tree, and livestock origins.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
More than 40,000 students participated in Ag Day programs last year. These one-day events consisting of 12-15 hands on stations highlight different Kentucky commodities and modern agricultural practices.
Kentucky Department of Agriculture operates two 44-foot long Mobile Agriculture Science Activity Centers, which travel full-time across the state to provide agriculture science lessons at school stops. The trailers have 10 activity workstations for K-5th grade students that align with state standards. Nearly 55,000 students were reached in 2015. A third trailer was added in late 2015.
County volunteers were encouraged to help celebrate National Ag Day by reading agricultural oriented books through prior arranged appointments. Books were recommended which portrayed an accurate picture of American agriculture. Over 60 counties with hundreds of volunteers reached thousands of children through this project.
We continue to support volunteers statewide through new and unique educational training opportunities each year. Over 550 volunteers received training throughout the year on how they can expand and initiate grassroots educational efforts.
Cooperative relationships and education efforts among the major agriculture, environmental and conservation groups are on-going resulting in maximizing of available funds and education efforts.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Nearly 55,000 students participated in the Mobile Agriculture Science Activity Center presentations.
More than 40,000 students participated in Ag Day programs during 2014.
More than 70,000 students from 120 Kentucky counties participated in the 2014 Conservation Tabloid Poster & Essay Contest. Farm Bureau provided the primary sponsorship, planning and tabloid design.
Over 1,000 students participated the Department of Agricultures Ag Day poster/essay contest.
Scott Christmas currently serves as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ag Education, Women & Young Farmer Programs Director. Mr. Christmas is responsible for coordinating education and leadership development for Kentucky Farm Bureau women and young farmers. These activities include the implementation of Farm Bureau policy goals and objectives with a major emphasis on all agricultural literacy efforts.
Mr. Christmas involvement with Ag in the Classroom and other agricultural literacy programs stretches over the past twenty-two years. He previously worked for thirteen years with the Florida Farm Bureau and is currently in his tenth year with the Kentucky Farm Bureau.
He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Food and Resource Economics. He and his wife Kim have five boys and reside in Mt. Washington, Kentucky.