Events

My American Farm Urban Outreach Events!

Billy Mitchell Elementary School – Los Angeles County, CA

On April 25, we traveled to Billy Mitchell Elementary School in Los Angeles County, California for an urban outreach visit! We facilitated two assemblies, where all 600 Kindergarten through 5th grade students were able to play fun My American Farm games and learn about where their food comes from. After the assemblies, classes visited the school garden and students made their very own living plant necklace with a My American Farm lanyard. After finishing their necklaces, students sat with us for a Q&A on agriculture. All teachers received a copy of “How Did That Get in My Lunchbox,” Foundation pencil sharpeners, and a class set of My American Farm activity books. This My American Farm outreach event was made possible through Kris Lauritson, the school garden specialist at Billy Mitchell Elementary and with the help of Buena Park High School FFA students. Thank you Kristina Lee Photography for the fantastic photos!

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.







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Keister Elementary School – Harrisonburg, VA

On April 29, we participated in Keister Elementary School’s “Farming in the City” event, coordinated by teacher Lauren Arbogast in Harrisonburg, Virginia! Students from all across Harrisonburg came to Keister Elementary for “Farming in the City” where volunteers from local farms, ranches, and agriculture organizations manned booths with hands-on activities. At two My American Farm stations, students assembled living plant necklaces and “scientific flower pens.” All Keister students also had the opportunity to play My American Farm games in the computer lab. Teachers received a copy of “All in Just One Cookie” and a classroom set of My American Farm activity books, and we met with teachers on how to incorporate My American Farm into their core curriculum. As part of this event, we were able to reach more than 720 students and more than 50 teachers to teach them about food, fiber, and fuel. Thanks to Cathy Phillips Photography and Anna Spears Photography for the great photos!

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.







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USA Science & Engineering Festival!

On April 25-27, the foundation participated in the 3rd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Friday, April 25th was a special preview day for teachers and students, as well as military families and government officials.

On April 26-27 the festival was open to the public free of charge! Our ‘Growing the World’ exhibit included “make and take” activities for kids, a “meet the farmer” area, book readings by The Beeman author Laurie Krebs, and My American Farm game kiosks.

Also as part of our booth, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau brought a Mobile Ag Science Lab containing 12 work stations where children learned about agriculture while completing hands-on experiments. Over 300,000 people attended this event, the only national science festival in the country! Thousands of visitors to our booth learned how farmers and ranchers care for the land and where their food comes from, all while discovering how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is used every day in food, fiber, and fuel production.







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Making the Connection: Energy + Agriculture = Success

Foundation Hosts Energy Train the Trainer Event

DENVER, May 15, 2014 – Agricultural literacy coordinators and educators convened near Denver, Colorado May 15-16 for a professional development event designed to help learners discover the importance of energy and agriculture. The event, “Making the Connection: Energy + Agriculture = Success” was held at the Tri State Generation and Transmission headquarters, and was hosted by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

Twelve leaders in agriculture literacy from across the nation came together to discover new resources designed to teach elementary, middle and high school students about the importance of energy and agriculture. Participants explored the new energy game “Power Up” found on MyAmericanFarm.org and received a book of lesson plans for grades K-12, designed by the Foundation to teach key energy concepts. Participants were excited to receive “Power Up” branded backpacks full of all supplies needed to conduct 12 classroom activities. Participants enjoyed a social and dinner, with Tri State leaders as well as a tour of power generation and management facilities. Throughout the event clear parallels were drawn between the agriculture and energy industries; both directly impact our ability to survive and quality of life, and yet few people understand where food and energy come from. “Tri-State is committed to helping educators and agricultural advocates understand the complexity of energy and how electricity impacts almost every tangible detail of our life. This has been a great partnership connecting agriculture with energy,” said Gigi Dennis, Sr. Manager External Affairs.

The following participants took part in this event: Lauren Arbogast (VA), Bette Blinde (CO), Connie Bond (TN), Cynthie Christensen (MN), Traci Curry (NM), Shaney Emerson (CA), Jennifer Follett (WY), Renae Gebhart (SD), Deanna Karmazin (NE), Michael Martin (CO), Suzi Myers (IL), Melissa Ralston (CO).

This event is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, made possible by generous support from Tri State Generation and Transmission Association. For more information on future events, please email foundation@fb.org to be added to the general contact list.


2014 Annual Meeting Events!

Foundation’s Night Out!

Thank you to our sponsors: Chevrolet & DuPont Pioneer! The Night Out was a great success! Virginia won a brand new My American Farm kiosk provided by DuPont Pioneer, and Marieta from Kansas won Super Bowl tickets provided by Chevrolet.







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Flapjack Fundraiser

We had a full house at our Flapjack Fundraiser event! We awarded our Book of the Year title to “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs, showed off some of our new resources ideas for 2014, and celebrated My American Farm.







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Golf Classic

It was a beautiful sunny day in San Antonio Texas for our 2014 Golf Classic! On Friday we had our golf lessons with the golf pro and our kick-off reception. On Saturday we started bright and early with a 8:30am shotgun start. Thank you to our sponsors and participants!







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Online Auction

Thank you to everyone who donated items and who bid! We had a successful auction. A special thanks to Nationwide for their matching sponsorship of $15,000. With this match the Foundation raised over $33,000 for our agricultural literacy efforts. Thank you!!