There are many ways you can educate about agriculture in your area! Here are 7 great ideas.
1. Play My American Farm
Free and fun, My American Farm games are linked to educational standards! Ask if you can volunteer in a classroom or a Boy Scout or Girl Scout meeting! Games are also available in the App store for tablets! Play now.
2. Read an Accurate Ag Book
Volunteer in a local school. Read a book, talk about your operation or how agriculture is everywhere. If time permits do an ag activity! Recommended Resources
3. Become a Pen Pal
Check with your Farm Bureau or Ag in the Classroom to see if they have a Pen Pal program you can join like Nebraska.
4. Skype with a Classroom
Share your story virtually! Like schools in Polk County, Iowa.
5. Share the Addressing Misconceptions Tool
The Addressing Misconceptions in Agriculture tool looks at some of the common misconceptions the public has about agriculture and offers fact-based responses. Use it in the classroom, in the office, through social media, at fairs, with student leadership organizations and more. Read about each of these here: Suggested Activities
6. Have a Conversation
Tell your story! In a store, at church, in a classroom, at a fair! There are lots of consumers out there willing to listen. Check out our "Start the Conversation Card" for talking points and strategies.
7. Tweet, post, blog, 'gram etc!
Social media is an excellent way to share your story, it is free, fast, and easy! Find some inspiration by following Will Gilmer, former AFBF YF&R committee chair, @gilmerdairy.