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Ag Literacy ‘Train-the-Trainer’ Applications due Feb. 20

An energy-focused “Train-the-Trainer” event hosted by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will be held May 7-8 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Leaders in agricultural literacy are invited to attend. Applications may be submitted online and are due Feb. 20.

This event will equip leaders in agricultural literacy with resources to train science teachers and/or volunteers to integrate agriculture into middle- and high-school science courses.

Attendees will receive free copies of new lesson plans.

For middle-school educators this will include the following standards-aligned lesson plans made possible through a partnership with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association: Energy Around Us, Energy Input and Food Production, Energy Distribution, Energy Showcase, and Putting it All Together.

High school lesson plans available to attendees were developed by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and funded by the Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture with the goal of fostering an appreciation for agriculture, reinforcing STEM skills and abilities, and creating awareness of agriculture-related careers. These lesson plans address energy flow, energy use in commodity production and processing, renewable energy on farms, and biodiesel labs.

Strategic planning tips for engaging science teachers in one’s community and state will be featured, along with a take-home kit of supplies. Attendees also have the opportunity to tour a local energy facility. 

This training features new content and information. Anyone who attended last year’s “train the trainer” meeting in Denver is welcome to apply to attend this event but previous participation in an energy training is not required.

Participants will receive a $750 stipend in addition to hotel and meal accommodations. Download the application for complete details at http://agfoundation.org/projects/train-the-trainer. Email educationdirector@fb.org with questions.

This event is made possible by generous support from title sponsor Tri State Generation and Transmission Association.