The FWAA Board of Directors has identified Outreach & Advocacy as one of its top priorities. As an Association, we support many different efforts to promote the industry and to educate people about agriculture.
Here are some of the Outreach & Advocacy programs we support:
ID Ag in the Classroom
In 1985, then Secretary of Agriculture John Block asked a group of elementary students where food came from. Without hesitation, the students replied that food came from grocery stores. Secretary Block went back to USDA in Washington D.C. and initiated the AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM project to help our nations young people understand the real source of their food and fiber, and the system that brings it to their tables.
Since then, agricultural groups in each state have launched programs to help students increase their knowledge of the food and fiber system of their state, thus enabling them to make intelligent decisions as consumers, voters, and eventually, as public leaders.
In 1986, the Idaho Ag in the Classroom Association was founded to plan, develop and disseminate a quality, easy to use curriculum supplement for Idaho teachers. The original goal was to have an AITC guidebook in every 4th grade classroom in Idaho.
In 1987, the Association contracted with the University of Idaho to research and develop a curriculum guide that would enable teachers to use examples from Idaho agriculture to teach language, science, social studies, mathematics and health/nutrition. The guide was tested across the state and approved by the State Board of Education.
In 1998, the process began to rewrite the original 4th curriculum. By 1998, nearly 2000 teachers had participated in summer workshops across the state. The demand for the curriculum was beyond 4th grade and instructors in public, private and home schooling were asking for materials Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade. A new series of educational materials were developed. A resource guide book for teachers that provided a wealth of background materials about production of food and fiber and a series of four activity books, Pre-Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-6th, 7th-8th, and 9th-12th.
Idaho Ag in the Classroom is a cooperative effort between the USDA, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, University of Idaho, agribusiness, commodity groups, farm organizations, farmers, ranchers, and educators across Idaho that provides curriculum, teaching materials, educational tours, workshops, and other resources to help educate students about agriculture in Idaho.
For more information, visit its website at http://www.idahoaitc.org
For Additional Information Contact:
Rick Waitley, State Director
55 SW 5th Avenue, STE 100
Meridian, ID 83642
Nutrients For Life
For Life’s goal is to provide science-based information on the valuable role fertilizers play in feeding our growing world.
The Foundation informs the public of the role of nutrients in both the production of nutritious, abundant food and preservation of healthy green spaces through the development of educational resources and an outreach campaign to people across the country. Plant nutrients, especially nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, are also required to keep our parks, gardens, playgrounds, sports fields and golf courses green and healthy in communities from coast to coast.
All information developed by our Foundation is based on soil and plant science and supported by agronomists, including those at the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Our educational materials are based on a curriculum which has been reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex and research organization.
The Nutrients For Life Foundation has a variety of resources available for Teachers, Students, Industry, and the General Public to use in education and outreach.
For more information, visit its website at http://www.nutrientsforlife.org
For More Information contact:
Manager, Public Affairs
J.R. Simplot Company