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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — Pennsylvania

State Contact

Ms. Paula Shoop
PA Friends of Ag Foundation
P.O. Box 8736
Camp Hill, PA 17001
P: 717.731.3555

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

Partnered with other agriculture organizations on the website. This is targeted at middle and high school students. This resource provides video highlights about different ag careers, infographics and several teacher resources to help highlight the importance of agriculture careers in Pennsylvania. One new feature was the career quiz which has been averaging more than 100 hits/month.

Our ag lab director developed a new ag lab lesson, called 'Steering Through the Shoots' highlighting animal movements.

We partnered with our PA Farm Bureau Ag Promotion Committee to offer Ag Crates - educational boxes for elementary teachers. Our ag lab director sourced the books, developed the digital resources and lesson plans. More than 250 boxes were sold this year.

Updated Ag Lab Lesson extension resources.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 60,935 students, grades k-8, were educated last year in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, with pre/post surveys showing a 10% increase in agricultural literacy.
  • 36,000 students, K-2, met a member of Pennsylvania's agricultural community while learning about where their food comes from through an ag accurate book and activity as part of our 5th Annual PA Ag Literacy Week program.
  • Pre/Post assessments of the 110 Ag Institute participants showed an increase in their ag awareness, including an increase of 15% in the highest pre and post assessments. The pre/post opinion question of "Do you have the knowledge and tools to incorporate agriculture into your classroom?" went from 60% pre to 100% post.

Program Leader Biosketch

Charlene Shupp Espenshade is the executive director for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation. She has a bachelor's degree in dairy science and a minor in communication studies from Virginia Tech. Espenshade joined the foundation in 2018 as its executive director.

She and her husband live on a dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.