State Summary 2015 — Mississippi
The projects completed in 2015 were the 3 updated resource guides for teachers grade K-6. They were the following units: Honey, Poultry,and Cotton. These guides are full of ready to use lesson plans divided into the following subject areas: math, science, health, language arts and social studies. Each lesson is matched to state standards on all of the resources. These units were distributed across the state and used at teacher workshops. There were 3 activity books prepared to accompany the teaching units: Which Came First?, Assembling Life Cycle Wheel, The Buzz about Mississippi Honey Bees. Promotional pieces such as activity sheets,and a commodity table topper along with a bookmark for each month. A spin-wheel game with Mississippi Commodities, Nutrition, and cotton trivia cards and updates of the The Cotton Gin machine was shown to be a success because the majority of AITC programs for 2015 was the cotton gin. This program has helped students understand how cotton goes from the field to the clothes they wear.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
The Childrens Museum has a portion of the museum designated for the promotion of agriculture. This was an opportunity to assist in funding a position that would work through our AITC program. We partnered with the museum to reach every child about the importance of agriculture. We provided a grant for a designated teacher to represent agriculture in Mississippi History and Geography. By doing so, they are using our teaching units and other material. We presented two checks totaling $30,000 for the teacher. Distributed 35,000 coloring sheets to schools for coloring contest participation. These contests are held in each district for second grade students. Eight District winners receive $25 and the overall State Winner receives $50. As an on-going learning instrument, we offer units with Mississippi facts indicating major commodities and the history of Mississippi and agriculture is a very successful program in helping people understand the importance at all ages. There were 82 counties presented updated teaching units,activity sheets for the barns used in their schools. News and Notes...the Voice of Mississippi Farm Bureau Women, a quarterly newsletter that provides information for the county Womens Committee chairs and county secretaries with a section of AITC activities to do in schools or the promotion of activities which occurred in their county. We distributed a total of 600,000 Mississippi Ag Mag in the Farm Country Magazine three times a year. The National AITC Conference was attended by our Teacher of the Year who was recognized for their accomplishments. The 12 district winners from the Ag Art contest were featured on the 2016 calendar with commodity facts. There were 10 scholarships,totaling $16,000, presented in 2015. The 2015 Book of the Year, The Beeman, sold over 800 books. A Photo Contest is being held with 3 divisions, At Home on the Farm, My Scenic Farm, and At Work on the Farm. Prizes awarded to the top 3 photos in each category total $450.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
* Over 380,000 visited the Childrens Museum in 2015 where AITC was taught through a designated teacher we provided. Teachers received agriculture units and material. An agriculture program was done each Friday.
* $30,000 donated to have available an agriculture section in the Childrens Museum.
* Ag Mag newsletters for Soil, Honey, and Peanut were published in 3 different issues of bi-monthly membership magazine totaling 600,000 distributed. 75,000 were provided for schools, fairs, etc.
* $4,000 presented for the MFBF Ambassador Scholarship Award.
* $12,000 in scholarships awarded to 4 majoring in Ag.
* 70,000 kids from schools visited the Childrens Barn at the 156th State Fair and received educational material about animal health and human nutrition.
* 645 students learned more about agriculture at Mid-South Fair Ag Day.
* 85,000 Halloween Safety tips distributed.
* 3,000 students attended National Ag Day.
* 5% increase on the 6 Teacher Workshops held with 273 attending, 153 received CEU credit.
* $2,000 grant awarded to Teacher of the Year.
* Over 1,000 members in the Womens/AITC Facebook which was set-up to share education and agriculture.
* 7% increase on Partner with 4-H Program in their Leadership Training Conference we provided the conference, with over 140 in attendance.
* 80 county school FFA students participated in teaching their selection of a teaching unit, to help people understand the importance of agriculture.
* 20% increase in material distributed to educate the public about agriculture due to our new AITC traveling trailer.
* New bookmarks with information on Mississippi Equine, distributed over 90,000.
* 1% increase on teachers receiving CEU credit.
* 20% increase on the 50,000 Commodity bookmarks were distributed each quarter.
* 5% increase in material distributed at the Summer Conferences for Home School Contacts.
* 2% increase in the coloring contest sheets distributed, total count 35,000 sheets.
State Contact: Clara Bilbo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve as Coordinator of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Women and Ag in the Classroom Programs. Graduate of Belhaven College. Has been employed with Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation for 31 years. Serves on six committees regarding agriculture.