Local Agribusiness Supports Agriculture in the Classroom

Local Agribusiness Supports Agriculture in the Classroom

Woodbine, Iowa, – February 21, 2020 – Agriland FS, Inc. representatives Gary Dickinson and Christine Doonan presented a check to Melanie Bruck of Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) at their new facility in Woodbine, IA. This donation helps to support the work of LHAITC serving students PK-12 by delivering agriculture lessons that align with science and social studies standards. 

Agriland FS, Inc. has 27 service locations, and six of them are in the Loess Hills area. Avoca, Harlan, Logan, Missouri Valley, Woodbine, and Underwood all boast customers whose children are directly impacted by agriculturally relevant, hands on lessons from LHAITC.

Bruck told Dickinson and Doonan about an upcoming fourth grade lesson in which the teacher would like her class to learn about the profitability of corn production. The students will discuss how much corn is in a bushel, how much it costs to produce said bushel, what a farmer makes per bushel, and how government policies can impact farming decisions.

“I am surprised they start teaching those things so early,” said Doonan. “That’s really good.”

Some of the other programs that Bruck has presented teach students about plant and animal life cycles, soil comparisons, farm safety, sustainability of food systems, and technology in agriculture.  

“Together, we are teaching students the importance of agriculture literacy,” said Bruck. “I get to work with both kids and teachers to help them realize why it is important where their food, fuels, and fibers come from. Letting them know that it takes a lot of work to produce enough goods to satisfy a global demand is one of the great joys of my job.”

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About Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom

Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom is a regional effort of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) established August of 2018. It serves school districts in five counties in southwest Iowa including Carroll Co., Crawford Co., Harrison Co., Shelby Co., and West Pottawattamie Co. The IALF mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa's students about agriculture. As leading producer of agricultural products, it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. The mission of Agriculture in the Classroom is to "increase agricultural literacy through PK-12 education." An agriculturally literate person is "one who understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects quality of life." AITC programs seek to improve student achievement by applying authentic, agricultural-based content as the context to teach core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts and nutrition. By embedding agriculture into curriculum, AITC cultivates an understanding and appreciation of the food and fiber system that we rely on every day. AITC is unique within the agricultural education community as the lead organization to serve the full spectrum of PK-12 formal education.  For more information visit IALF online at www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.