AGree recently published a research paper titled, “Food and Agricultural Education in the United States.” This paper goes into a detailed discussion of food and agricultural education in the U.S. and suggests how this education must continue to evolve to be successful. To accomplish this, curriculum must be consistent and link with STEM disciplines to touch more students across the country and inspire them to be involved with agriculture.
Stephanie Mercier, author of the paper, stresses that to maintain a secure food supply, we need the next generation to be interested in farming, and other food and ag careers. It is also crucial for the public to understand where their food comes from.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is constantly working to increase agricultural literacy through educational programs, classroom curriculum, grants, scholarships, volunteer trainings and much more. These resources make farming real and connect Americans to where their food comes from, as well as to who grows it. Specifically we hope that our newly created Food and Ag Resource Guide along with our Pillars of Agricultural Literacy will help to address this concern of inconsistency and lack of agricultural knowledge.
Of this paper Executive Director Julie Tesch says, “I congratulate AGree on this detailed discussion of food and agricultural education and where it is today. I believe the research in the paper shows the need for ag education in today’s classroom. With so many people far removed from the farm, now more than ever it is crucial for us to increase agricultural literacy.”
Here at the Foundation for Agriculture we are striving to create an agriculturally literate society. You can help support our ag literacy efforts by donating today! Donations make our work possible and together we can tell the story of agriculture. Our donors allow us to create educational materials and hold trainings to develop future generations of agricultural leaders and a more agriculturally literate population as a whole. Find out how you can support our mission of building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education here.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provided insight and ag literacy knowledge to Mercier for this article, and we hope that the findings in this study will bring more attention to the need for more ag education.
For more on agricultural education see our recommended resources and visit the Ag in the Classroom website.