State Summary 2017 — Indiana
In 2017 Indiana Farm Bureau education staff developed an companion educator guide for the first annual INFB Book of the Year, The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews. In additional to the educator guide an Ag Literacy handbook was also created to assist Farm Bureau members in celebrating Agricultural Literacy Week through educational activities. Presentation scripts, talking points and suggested display lists were also created and distributed through Regional Manager staff. A game titled, Two Truths and A Lie was also created by a summer intern under education staff guidance and will be distributed in 2018 to each county Farm Bureau. https://www.infarmbureau.org/our-programs/ag-in-the-classroom/classroom-center
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Having outgrown our on-site conference space we hosted our annual volunteer and teacher workshop at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 185 Volunteers and educators, 50% that had never attended an AITC event before, came out for a full day of workshops and tours. This was an increase of nearly 100 attendees from the previous year and the largest AITC workshop to-date. We continued a social media campaign on Facebook that began in November 2015 that shared farm facts each Friday using #FarmFactFriday. We have been trying to partner with other agriculture education programs and commodity groups around the state including the Indiana State Fair Global Barns Initiative where we were able to distribute more than 550 Ag Mags through their year-round field trip series. We were invited to participate in several outreach events that we had never participated in previously: Hoosier Hysteria - a 4th grade Indiana History Capstone educational event, Plainfield STEM days, Lily Summer Science Camp, and Job Spark a career exploration fair for nearly 10,000 urban and metropolitan eighth graders. Our first annual Book of the Year educational outreach program launched in January and was a success. County Farm Bureaus distributed 1,100 copies of the book and many conducted educational programming found in the companion educator guide that was created by staff.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
The annual volunteer update and teacher workshop attendance has grown by 70% in the past 4 years. Statewide the AITC program volunteers reported reaching 2,263 PreK students in addition to 67,562 students in grades K-12. 88 Farm Bureau members attended a 2-hour training session at the annual Spring Confernece in March.
Julie Taylor is the state contact for Indiana. Prior to joining Farm Bureau as the Education Coordinator, Julie taught junior and senior high school Family & Consumer Science for 10.5 years having earned her Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University. She has held this position for 5 years.