The Importance of Ag Literacy

  • An increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health.
  • Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that will support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.
  • Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies.
  • Agricultural literacy includes an understanding of historical and current economic, social and environmental issues that affect all Americans. This understanding includes being knowledgeable about food and fiber production, processing and domestic and international marketing.
  • Employment opportunities abound in agriculture. Career choices include:
    • farm production
    • agribusiness management and marketing
    • agricultural research and engineering
    • food science
    • processing and retailing
    • banking
    • education
    • landscape architecture
    • urban planning
    • energy
    • and other fields.

What is Agricultural Literacy?

An agriculturally literate person would understand the food and fiber system and this would include its history and its current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans.

Iowa Agriculture

Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population. World population is expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. Iowa is number one in the production of corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs.

Why Teach Ag?

Teaching about agriculture in Iowa is an ideal way for students to learn what their state is all about and provide real-life connections to science, math, and social studies concepts. Agriculture is one of the topics that students can easily connect to because they can apply concepts being learned. After all, who doesn’t enjoy talking about food? Nearly everything we eat, wear, use -- even the fuel that powers the cars and busses they ride in -- comes from plants and animals grown on farms. Agriculture themes provide perfect real-world connections to STEM and make learning relevant to students.