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What insights do you have for agricultural education?

Published Aug. 14, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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WHERE SHOULD WE INVEST?

The definition of agricultural education can be very broad, which makes it difficult to decide where to focus resources. A significant challenge that needs to be addressed is what responsibility Farm Bureau has on this issue and where should we engage.

PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES:

Elementary Education 

What’s the advantage of supporting public school programs, which typically deal with the process of growth in plants and animals as well as the formation and conservation of soil?

Vocational Agriculture 

Can Ohio Farm Bureau help efforts to train people for jobs in areas such as production, placement, marketing and conservation?

College Agriculture 

What role should Ohio Farm Bureau play in supporting people who teach, conduct research and provide information to advance the field of agriculture?

NARROWING IT DOWN:

There are many individuals, groups, organizations involved  in agricultural education. Which one is having the greatest impact?  Where should Farm Bureau be involved and how? Should Farm Bureau partner with other organizations?  Which ones?

HOW CAN WE HELP NONFARMERS LEARN?

Does the public want to “be educated”  about  food and farming? Or do they want opportunities to learn? What’s the difference? How would it affect Farm Bureau’s strategy? More than two-thirds of Ohio Farm Bureau members are not farmers.  What value can the organization provide them?

A STEP FURTHER IN YOUR COUNTY:

Consider current agricultural education programs in your county. What programs are delivering the biggest local impact?

OUR POLICY:

Ohio Farm Bureau members have developed extensive policies on agriculture education.  They have been compiled in an issue briefing.

YOUR TURN:   

If this issue is important to you, help us bring others into the conversation. We’ll provide the platform, and you’ll drive the discussion. Send us your comments (up to 300 words) about how Farm Bureau should use your membership dollars to promote agriculture. We’ll draw on your thoughts as part of an upcoming online conversation about this issue.  Send comments to info@ofbf.org or mail to Ohio Farm Bureau, ATTN: Communications Dept., PO Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43218-2383.



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