What is agricultural literacy?
National Research Council established the Agricultural Education in Secondary Schools Committee to examine the status and forecast the future of agricultural education. The Committee published its findings in a report, Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education (1988), and defined agricultural literacy as:
An agriculturally literate person would understand the food and fiber system and this would include its history and its current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans (p.8).
Researchers, practitioners, and government officials, convened in Washington DC on April 17, 2013, to develop a National Agricultural Literacy Logic Model. To support this model, an agriculturally literate person was defined as:
A person who understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life.
National Research Council. (1988). Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education. National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=766
Agricultural Literacy Guiding Publications
What K-12 students should know about agriculture - National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes (2013)
National Research Council of the National Academies - Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education (1988)
National Research Council of the National Academies - Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World (2009)
The American Association for Agricultural Education - National Research Agenda
Agricultural Literacy Research
Review the resources of the USDA-AES supported Agricultural Literacy Multistate Research Committee on the National Center for Agricultural Literacy website.
Specific Agriculture in the Classroom Program Baseline Data
- Agriculture in the Classroom Trend Analysis 2006-2010 (Paper and Poster and Graphics)
- View Current State Agriculture in the Classroom Reports