Teacher Information

AG Simulator

If you can't come to the farm, we'll bring the farm to you!

The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Ag in the Classroom AG Combine Simulator is an interactive mobile educational display unit allowing users to harvest virtual row crops through the magic of audio visuals in the cab of a real agricultural combine. Participants who "ride' in the combine cab are able to see and hear how SC's farmers harvest a variety of crops.

The AG Combine Simulator is available for use by Farm Bureau members at agriculture fairs, ag days, schools, or other events where county Farm Bureau chapters want to tell the "farm story."

 

    To reserve the unit for your school event, contact your county Farm Bureau office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 National Ag in the Classroom Conference

 
Rendezvous in the Rockies to trade ideas about agricultural literacy!

Join us in Loveland, Colorado June 19 - 22, 2012
for the 2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

Engaging, interactive workshops will share methods for incorporating real-life agricultural applications into classroom style language arts, math, nutrition, science and social studies lessons. Resource materials from across the nation will be available along with links to useful web sites.

Rendezvous in the Rockies is hosted by Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom and the Western Region Agriculture in the Classroom. The Western Region AITC includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Each year the national AITC conference is held to share ideas and resources. Attending is a benefit for educators of all grade levels, administrators, curriculum developers, career guidance counselors, teacher aides and substitute teachers, AITC volunteers, agricultural science teachers, extension educators, agricultural industry representatives, STEM educators, university staff and instructors, state AITC contacts and AITC board members.

For more information or to register, please go to www.regonline.com/2012NAITC.

 

Resources

 

The Man Who Fed the World

Leon Hesser’s The Man Who Fed the World is an amazing biography that engages the reader in the story of Norman Borlaug, a man who saved hundreds of millions of lives from starvation.

In our efforts to further educate about agriculture, we are proud to support The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser and other literature that successfully tells the story of agriculture. Share this spectacular and inspiring book and help tell the story of agriculture. Buy a copy for state or national legislators, ag reporters, local or school libraries, ag teachers, government officials, teachers and friends. To order The Man Who Fed the World, click here.

 

Newly Revised Recommended Book List

The American Farm Bureau® Foundation for Agriculture continues to expand its agricultural literacy efforts with the latest edition of our recommended book list. As with all of our efforts, the focus is to identify more accurate information about agriculture. Because of this focus, the majority of books are non-fiction.

Each listing provides the book title, author, International Standard Book Number (ISBN), retail cost, age levels best served by this book and a description. You will find any flaws the book may have and what areas may need to be addressed in this description.

SC Commodity Map

The SC commodity map contains colorful graphics showing where various crops and livestock are produced. To order call 803.936.4409. To download a map click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information to share with students:

 

"Ag-Discovery"

"Ag-Discovery" is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology.
This 2 week program allows participants ages 12-17 to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government.
Students chosen to participate in Ag-Discovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.  For more information, please see http://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery/

For more information contact:

Ag in the Classroom
SC Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 754
Columbia, SC 29202-0754

Vonne Knight, Director of Ag Literacy Programs
Telephone: 803.936.4409

South Carolina's History Through Agriculture

South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation's AG in the Classroom has a new and exciting resource for 3rd and 8th grades. South Carolina's History Through Agriculture is an educational software program that uses instructional design and innovative technology to bring depth and meaning to historical events in agriculture. The program focus on the important role agriculture has played and continues to play in South Carolina's developement. Students gain an appreciation of agricultural history and how agricultural events have affected their lives today.

Copies of the program were sent out to all public and private schools for 3rd and 8th grade teachers. If you would like a copy, please contact Vonne Knight at vknight@scfb.org to request one.

Lesson activities that support the SC State curriculum standards for South Carolina studies are available.

Click here to download 3rd grade lesson plans.
Click here to download 8th grade lesson plans.

For more information about this resource or the Ag in the Classroom program, please contact Vonne Knight at vknight@scfb.org.