When newly-elected Ohio Gov. John Kasich spoke to Ohio Farm Bureau members at the organization’s annual meeting in December, he called for expanded agriculture education programs, saying that “agriculture is cool.”
“It’s technology, it’s GPS, it’s advanced products,” he said, adding “We need to tell our kids that the food that shows up in the store is not something that comes from the store; it comes from a farmer.”
Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering in the effort, which would allow outgoing fourth graders and a chaperone to get into the fair for one day for free by presenting their report card. Once inside, they would be given a passport that would guide them along a “learning adventure” through agricultural exhibits.
Children who visit at least four of the stations will be eligible to enter a scholarship contest by submitting an essay describing what they learned during their experience. Judges will award four prizes at a value of $500 each.
The “Agriculture is Cool” program runs July 27-Aug. 6.