State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Kentucky

State Contact

Mr. Scott Christmas
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 20700
Louisville, KY 40250-0700
P: 502.495.5000
E: Scott.Christmas@kyfb.com
Website

Classroom Resources

Agricultural volunteers celebrated National Ag Day and Kentucky Agriculture Literacy Week, March 19-25, by reading our new “Accurate Ag Book,” The Most Wonderful Dream, in local elementary school classrooms. Nearly 3,500 books ($50,850 in value) were distributed to over 100 counties and hundreds of volunteers throughout the state. This is the most significant and largest agricultural literacy undertaking in the history of our state. A companion Educator Guide was developed to enable educators to better use the book as an effective tool to teach core content. Volunteers from almost every county were heavily engaged in this project and participated in classroom activities.

The Farm as an Ecosystem Grades 3-8, HS Enrichment

Updated 8/2017 - Students learn how a farm is an ecosystem, identify the parts of the farm ecosystem and how they interact and depend on one another, identify the producers and consumers in a farm ecosystem, model the food chain/food web within a farm ecosystem, learn how changes affect the farm ecosystem and availability of food, identify the natural resources in a farm ecosystem and ways to protect them, and understand the size of their personal ecosystem.

Virtual Field Trips and Curriculum ?Grades K-5 or Secondary Enrichment

Updated 10/2017 - An outstanding program for integrating agriculture into classroom with a focus on Kentucky farmers and food. These short videos are great on their own or can be used by students to complete the corresponding lessons. These are ideal for grades K-5, but they have been used in K-12 classrooms.

My Kentucky Home Provides What I Need Geography, Economics, Natural Resources/Ecosystems Grades 4, MS/HS Enrichment

Students will learn how topographic, geologic, and natural resource availability affect agriculture production in the Commonwealth.

New Elementary School Program Focuses on STEM and Affordability What was previously known as Agriculture Adventures" has evolved into Feeding Kentucky: A STEM Adventure." This mobile school program provides K-5 students engaging presentations and a round of grade-level appropriate hands-on activities to strengthen their critical thinking skills. Changes were made to include more math and engineering and to make it more affordable for schools.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

More than 25,000 students participated in Ag Day programs last year. These one-day events consisting of 12-15 hands on stations highlight different Kentucky commodities and modern agricultural practices.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture operates three Mobile Agriculture Science Activity Centers, which travel full-time across the state to provide agriculture science lessons at school stops. The trailers have 10 activity workstations for K-5th grade students that align with state standards. Nearly 40,000 students were reached in 2017.

Cooperative relationships and education efforts among the major agriculture, environmental and conservation groups are on-going resulting in maximizing of available funds and education efforts.

Agricultural volunteers celebrated National Ag Day and Kentucky Agriculture Literacy Week, March 19-25, by reading our new “Accurate Ag Book,” The Most Wonderful Dream, in local elementary school classrooms. Nearly 3,500 books ($50,850 in value) were distributed to over 100 counties in the state. This is the most significant and largest agricultural literacy undertaking in the history of our state. A companion Educator Guide was developed to enable educators to better use the book as an effective tool to teach core content. Volunteers from almost every county were heavily engaged in this project and participated in classroom activities.

We continue to support volunteers statewide through new and unique educational training opportunities each year. Over 400 volunteers received training throughout the year on how they can expand and initiate grassroots educational efforts.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Nearly 40,000 students participated in the Mobile Agriculture Science Activity Center presentations.

More than 25,000 students participated in Ag Day programs during 2017.

More than 60,000 students from 120 Kentucky counties participated in the 2017 Conservation Tabloid Poster & Essay Contest. Farm Bureau provided the primary sponsorship, planning and tabloid design.

Over 500 students participated in the Department of Agriculture's Ag Day poster/essay contest.

Biosketch

Scott Christmas currently serves as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Women & Ag Education Director. Mr. Christmas is responsible for coordinating education and leadership development for Kentucky Farm Bureau women and young farmers. These activities include the implementation of Farm Bureau policy goals and objectives with a major emphasis on all agricultural literacy efforts.

Mr. Christmas involvement with Ag in the Classroom and other agricultural literacy programs stretches over the past twenty-four years. He previously worked for thirteen years with the Florida Farm Bureau and is currently in his twelfth year with the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Food and Resource Economics. He and his wife Kim have five boys and reside in Mt. Washington, Kentucky.