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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Tennessee

State Contact

Mr Chris Fleming
Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 313
Columbia, TN 38402-0313
P: 931.388.7872

Classroom Resources

Cowboy Dan's Frontier: Cowboys Come in All Kinds of Colors is a video about the areas involved in agriculture. It features Family and Consumer Science Extension agents, Equine specialist, veterans and Dan's music.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

100% of the teachers participating in our summer institutes said that they intend to incorporate AITC materials into their classroom activities. This represents a minimum of 6,000 additional students being introduced to agriculture's role in our society. 60,000 students participated in farm tours. 3,500 Volunteers representing production agriculture, agriculture businesses and associations developed displays to share with teachers and students at seventy-two locations. By providing training to Extension Agents, the Foundation extends the reach of AITC materials to Tennessee's 328,086 4-H members. Lesson plans are distributed online and on cd-roms to agents. Since our 4-H program is still in the schools, contact with students is maintained through teachers, agents, volunteers and AITC staff. Our Extension Agents do not list their time separately for the AITC activities since they are an integral part of 4-H. Our partnership with the Tennessee FFA Association and the Tennessee Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association allows our materials to be used in a mentoring program. Agriculture Education teachers use our materials in their classes to reach the 33,337 students enrolled in Tennessee's various agriculture courses. The students use our materials during mentoring opportunities with younger students during visits with elementary and middle schools. These opportunities are also excellent recruiting tools for attracting future students into agriculture education.


Chris lives on the family beef farm in Loretto, Tennessee with his wife, Teresa. His three sons, Jed, Luke and Adam are in college and beginning careers of their own. He has been involved in agricultural education in one form or another all of his life. Participating in 4-H and FFA prepared him for his decision to pursue agricultural education as a career, receiving both his B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture. He began his career by serving as a high school Agriculture teacher for twelve years before joining Tennessee Farm Bureau's team. Chris serves as Associate Director under Dan Strasser, Director of the Special Programs department in the areas of Agriculture in the Classroom, Young Farmers & Ranchers and Farm Bureau Women. Chris coordinates the work of ten educational consultants in providing pre- and in-service training for 1,200 teachers each year. Chris has been involved with AITC for a total of 34 years: 12 as a classroom teacher and 21 as Tennessee Farm Bureau's AITC coordinator.