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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — West Virginia

State Contact

Ms Michelle Bailey
West Virginia Farm Bureau
62 Farm Bureau Road
Buchannon, WV 26201
P: 304.472.2080 ext. 313

Classroom Resources

The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab revised/updated the following lessons we currently offer to Pre-K through 5th grade students: Colorful Bean - Revised lesson procedures, updated soybean uses info, obtained newest bookletMax the Sprout" as classroom extension; Clean Sweep - Updated nutritional labels, revised lesson materials; Snack Attack - Updated nutritional labels, food items, lesson procedure sheets; Glue from Milk - Revised lesson materials; Strawberry DNA - Revised lesson procedure sheet; Groundhogs Garden - Revised student lesson sheet; Take Me Out to the Cornfield - Revised student lesson sheet; Tops and Bottoms - Revised student lesson sheet.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

92% of teachers in serviced in 2019 said that they planned to use at least one of the activities they learned at the Summer Ag Institute. 100% of teachers in serviced would recommend our program to their friends and other teachers. 85% of schools ask for the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab to revisit their schools in the future. At least 75% of the students add to or gain knowledge of Agriculture after their visit in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab. WVFB holds a Summer Ag Institute for educators every June and has for 16 plus years.


For Mary Beth Bennett - I have my AA, BS, MS and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State university. I spent 2 years in Brazil with the Peace Corps between my AA and BS and 4 years in Africa between my BS and MS. I have been a County Agricultural Agent for the last 24 years and developed the West Virginia Ag in the Classroom Program by holding a Summer Agriculture Institute each year to train teachers. For Michelle Bailey - My AA and BS is from Fairmont State University. I have spent the past 18 years teaching in an Early Childhood classroom. I joined the West Virginia Farm Bureau staff in 2015 as coordinator for the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab.