Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is scheduled for November 13-19

bigstock-Boy-Reading-23265302.jpgTennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is an outstanding opportunity for farmers, ranchers, Farm Bureau, FFA, 4-H and YF&R members and other agriculture industry representatives to read a children’s book about the agriculture industry to school students.

Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

“Agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to schedule classroom visits with schools the week of November 13 – 19, 2016,” states Lou Nave, executive director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. “With a statewide, concerted effort, we have the opportunity for the largest impact sharing accurate agricultural information. With the majority of consumers now 3 -5 generations away from the family farm, it is more important than ever that we share correct information about what happens on Tennessee farms in the production of food, fiber and fuels.”

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world’s growing population.

Each Tennessee County Farm Bureau has an excellent educational resource for teachers and classroom volunteers, their Agricultural Literacy Library. Including a host of books representing agriculture plus hands-on lesson plans that meet state standards, Agricultural Literacy Library, may be obtained for loan by contacting a local Farm Bureau office.  The University of Tennessee Extension, the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and local libraries also have additional educational resources to assist readers.

All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week report (available on the TennesseeAg.org website) by December 31, 2016 to be eligible for incentive rewards.  All participating teachers who complete a short survey about the Ag Literacy Program are also eligible for incentives.

Tennessee Farm Bureau is providing Orca chasers as incentives for readers.  Two chasers will be awarded in each of Tennessee’s three grand divisions to adult readers, chosen at random from those who complete the Ag Literacy Week report.  Youth readers (4-H and FFA) who participate as readers in the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week activities and complete the report will also be entered for a chance to receive an Orca chaser (2 chasers awarded in each grand division).

Teachers who participate by allowing volunteers to read in their classrooms, and complete the survey will be eligible for a drawing for Walmart gift cards, two awarded in each of the state’s three grand divisions.

More information is available at www.tennesseeag.org

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