Farm Bureau leaders visit St Mary's Parochial School

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee visited St Mary’s Parochial School in Long Prairie to share this year’s Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) theme “Soil” and conducted activities to help students gain a better understanding of agriculture.

The Farm Bureau leaders highlighted soil to farmers while working with students in 3rd-5th grade. The 45-minute presentation began with MFBF P&E Committee members and county Farm Bureau leaders reading “Dirt the Scoop on Soil” and “Dirt – Jump into Science” to the students followed by an apple as the world activity and the students conducting soil and food mapping activities

The “Soil” AITC kit was provided to Farm Bureau leaders attending the MFBF Leadership Conference. Each year the kit focuses on different areas of Minnesota agriculture. A kit was then given to each classroom teacher at the conclusion of the activities.

The committee held their quarterly March meeting in Long Prairie. Each year, one committee meeting is held in the chair’s district to learn more about that area of the state and to conduct an AITC activity. The committee also toured area agribusinesses.

The MFBF P&E Committee is comprised of 13 farmers from across Minnesota with Debra Durheim of Long Prairie serving as this year’s committee chair. The purpose of the MFBF P&E Committee is to assist in developing agriculture literacy programming, engaging consumers and promoting a positive image of agriculture.