Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.
The USDA established Agriculture in the Classroom in 1981. It has the endorsement of all living former Secretaries of Agriculture, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the National Conference of States Legislatures, most of the Governors of the States, and the major agricultural organizations and commodity groups. Significant progress has been made through these partnerships of agriculture, business, education, government and dedicated volunteers. In Indiana, the Ag in the Classroom program is coordinated by Indiana Farm Bureau.
Your local Farm Bureau, under the guidance of Mrs. Marlene Fudge, brought National Ag in the Classroom Day to Arlington Elementary School. Students learned about soil and the fact that everything we eat needs healthy soil. From the crops we grow to the animals we feed, soil helps grow our food above and below ground. The “Wildcats” painted with soil and liquid starch. They also learned that agriculture is also eco-friendly as students were surprised to find that some drinking cups and sacks come from corn and/or wood fiber.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools