State Summary 2017 — New Mexico
New Mexico Ag in the Classroom Energy Reader
NM Ag Literacy Project- project lessons for volunteers and FFA Chapters withBefore We Eat From Farm to Table" book
6 Outdoor Educational Banners:Let's Learn all about: Horses,Goats, Rabbits, Sheep, Poultry, and Pigs (nmaitc.org)
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
This is the fourth year for New Mexico Ag Literacy Project. Before We Eat from Farm to Table was the selected book. Partnerships with New Mexico Agriculture Education/FFA and state financial institutions make this project possible.In 2017, the FFA Chapters around the state extended outreach to 2,737 students and 183 teachers.
NMAITC created a County AGvocate program to identify individuals in each county to share an educational message within the county and communicate new resources and opportunities of NMAITC to county members. NMAITC was available to provide training to the AGvocate for the classroom visit as well as supply materials. Each county ‘AGvocate is asked to do one classroom visit with the materials provided, but is welcome to present to as many classes as they wish and materials will be provided. In 2017 AGvocate volunteers extended the staff outreach by 1336 students and 87 teachers.
NMAITC organized a multi-agency planning group to develop the 1st Agriculture Education Tours at Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo. The Agventure Days educational event extended outreach to 1464 students and 126 teachers.
NMAITC, along with NMFLB County Farm Bureaus helped send 6 teachers to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Kansas City.
NMAITC worked with many industry partners to update the remaining 6 educational banners. These banners were then used at several state events, including a STEM scavenger hunt activity at the NM State Fair, Eastern NM State Fair, and the Southern New Mexico State Fair.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
NMAITC reached, 25,905 students through face-to-face educational presentations in 2017. This is a slight increase from the 25,196 students seen in 2016.
Traci Curry graduated with a degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University. She spent eleven years in the classroom as an elementary teacher before coming to New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC) program. She has been the NMAITC state contact since 2011.