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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2023 — Ohio

State Contact

Ms. Mary Klopfenstein
Ohio Farm Bureau
280 North High Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43218-2383
P: 614.246.8278

Innovative Programming

2023 marked the start of a five year relaunch of statewide ag literacy efforts for Ohio thanks to the establishment of a generous endowed fund. The relaunch commenced with the creation and distribution of 86 ag literacy kits to each county Farm Bureau across the state as a means to empower county volunteers.

The ag literacy kits are an easy grab-and-go option for engaging in ag literacy experiences. The kits included Search for the Source curriculum for grades K-5 and all necessary supplies to execute the lesson. Also included was a pack of snack ag magz and the Right This Very Minute book and educator guide.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • formally established endowed fund to 'reboot' statewide ag literacy efforts
  • Increased stability and promotion of statewide resources is causing a ripple effect of county Farm Bureaus and local volunteers to regain interest and/or necessary resources to commence local ag literacy programming

Program Leader Biosketch

As part of her role with Ohio Farm Bureau, Mary Klopfenstein has coordinated Ag in the Classroom programming for Ohio since August of 2023.

Mary earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University in AgriBusiness and Applied Economics with minors in Youth Development and Development Studies. Prior to returning to Ohio in 2023, Mary coordinated high school youth and collegiate efforts for Illinois Farm Bureau for nearly 3 years. Collectively, she has over 7 years of experience coordinating, leading, and facilitating growth opportunities for primarily 4-H and FFA youth.