The numbers are in! Over 100 agriculture producers and leaders shared their time to read in classrooms all across the state during the second annual Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week last November. Over 10,500 students in 300 classes benefited from this effort.
Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week was celebrated across the state November 15-21, 2015. All segments of Tennessee’s agriculture industry supported this effort to promote agriculture awareness and knowledge in local schools. During this event, farmers, ranchers and students shared their agricultural knowledge and read agriculturally themed books in school systems across Tennessee.
The agriculture community and teachers agree, Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a successful activity. Beverly Hall, Putnam County school teacher reflected, “This is an excellent program to help students learn more about their food and fiber.”
“With less than two percent of the American population actively involved in the agriculture industry, many students have no firsthand knowledge of how food is raised and produced,” stated Lou Nave, event co-chair. “Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week offers a great opportunity to focus on agriculture and share valuable information about how farmers grow and harvest the products that provide food, fiber and fuel for our country.”
Many segments of Tennessee’s agriculture industry have strong literacy outreach programs. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week was designed to enhance and support those efforts while providing guidance and opportunities for new and innovative agriculture literacy programs. Beef producers across the state took this opportunity to also participate in the Cowboy in the Classroom program to share books and information about beef cattle. Many Tennessee 4-H and FFA members used this opportunity to focus attention on the diverse and vibrant agricultural industry in local school systems. Many county Farm Bureau Women’s Committees utilized accurate agriculture resources in their Agriculture Literacy Libraries when visiting local schools.
Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week will be celebrated November 13-18, 2016.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Lou Nave at Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee 615/970-8065 http://www.TennesseeAg.org.