State Summary 2015 — Texas
Food and Fiber for the 21st Century---www.texasfarmbureau.org
Food and Fiber for the 21st Century CD
AITC Book Marks
My Plate Placemats
AITC Mobile Learning Barn Trailer
Misconceptions About Agriculture (American Farm Bureau)
Be Ag Smart! The Cotton Connection
Be Ag Smart! The CORN Connection
Be Ag Smart! The Beef Connection
Be Ag Smart! The Dairy Connection
PLANTING THE SEED, school visit curriculum
LEARNING FROM THE GROUND UP, garden grant program
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
2015 marked the 21st year we held a Summer Agricultural Institute. Since its inception the Institute has trained over 350 teachers, from 160 counties across the state. We continue to hear from many of them as they report back with new ideas, projects and activities based on what they learned at the Institute. Participants received 3 hours of graduate credit and 45 clock hours of Professional Development Credit.
In 2015 there were 12 one-day workshops held around the state with a record 238 teachers attending. These workshops concentrate on training teachers to integrate agriculture across the curriculum, but with a particular focus on science.
Two mini workshops were held, one after school and one breakfast.
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 2015, over 120,000 people viewed the Mobile Learning Barns, learning about the various commodities grown in Texas.
In 2015, 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 2015, over 750,000 people visited Planet Ag. The Harvest Experience was viewed by more than 60,000.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
1. Texas Farm Bureau funded Garden Grants in 2015. Eighteen grants across the state were funded at $500 each. County Farm Bureau's provided matching funds for 11 of the 18 grants, funds ranged from a full match of $500 to a partial amount of $250.
3. Over 125,000 students participated in AITC related activities such as county Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Days.
4. County Farm Bureaus spent over $32,000 for AITC resource material and to carry out county wide AITC programs in 2014.
5. Over 240 county Farm Bureau member volunteers assisted with AITC programs and activities in 2014.
6. Over 125,000 people viewed the nine Mobile Learning Barn trailers in 2014.
7. Over 750,000 people came through the Planet Agriculture display during the seven shows it was displayed during 2015. 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.
8. Texas Farm Bureau launched it's School Visit Program, Planting The Seed and saw 6,300 Texas Elementary school students.
9.150 teachers were provided curriculum, as we made our school stops.
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 three years.