State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Texas

State Contact

Mr. Jett Mason
Texas Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 2689
Waco, TX 76702
P: 254.751.2569
E: jmason@txfb.org
Website

Classroom Resources

  • Farmland accompanying curriculum and resources
  • Texas Top Ten Revision
  • Who Grew My Soup/My Plate
  • The Very Hungry Texas Caterpillar
  • Oh Say Can You Seed, complete revision
  • Texas Farm Bureau Career Graphic(2 sided)
  • Water and Soil Unit based on Nancy Carlson's book
  • Misconceptions About Agriculture, AFBF
  • Math and Agriculture
  • PLANTING THE SEED, school visit curriculum
  • All resources available online at http://texasfarmbureau.org/youth/ag-in-the-classroom/

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

2017 was the 23rd consecutive year TFB conducted a Summer Ag Institute. The event was held for the first time at TFB's Conference and Training Center in Waco, TX. A record 28 Participants attended, with an outreach to 2477 students.

In 2017 there were 11 one-day workshops held around the state with teachers attending. These workshops concentrate on training teachers to integrate agriculture across the curriculum, but with a particular focus on science.

The nine AITC Mobile Learning Barn trailers are still popular with audiences. These MLB trailers are equipped with sides that open up to exhibit graphic displays showing the wide variety of crops and livestock grown in Texas. The Mobile Learning Barns are being exhibited at schools, shopping malls, county livestock shows and other venues where the county Farm Bureau wants to tell agriculture's story. During 2017,over 61,683 people viewed the Mobile Learning Barns, learning about the various commodities grown in Texas. Student impact was 36,694.

All curriculum that was updated in 2016/2017 is now available on www.texasfarmbureau.org/youth/ag-in-the-classroom/

Additionally, in 2017 Texas AITC staff contributed to the new designs and updates for new, high-tech Mobile Learning Barns.

In 2017, TFB's Planet Agriculture continued to operate under the AITC umbrella. Planet Ag is a movable display that covers from 3000 to 7000 square feet of exhibit space at 7 major livestock shows in the state. It contains interactive computer games, videos and graphics that highlight major commodities grown in Texas. In 2017, over 2,559,067 people visited Planet Ag. The Harvest Experience was viewed by more than 70,000.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  1. Texas Farm Bureau funded 28 Garden Grants of $500. So far, County Farm Bureaus have provided additional funding for 18 grants.
  2. Over 25,989 students participated in AITC related activities such as county Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Days.
  3. Over 173 county Farm Bureau member volunteers assisted with AITC programs and activities in 2017.
  4. Over 61,683 people viewed the nine Mobile Learning Barn trailers in 2017.
  5. Over 2,500,000 people came through the Planet Agriculture display during the seven shows it was displayed during 2017. This included elementary school students who came through in organized tours. We were able to show them the scope, diversity and importance of agriculture, and how it touches our lives daily. We were able to hand out AITC material to the teachers who accompanied the students.
  6. Texas Farm Bureau expanded our School Visit Program, Planting The Seed and saw 32,725 Texas Elementary school students.
  7. Over 3,354 teachers were provided curriculum, as we made our school stops.

Biosketch

Jett Mason was born and raised in the town of Brownfield in the Panhandle of Texas. Jett's family is or has been involved in cotton, hay, beef cattle, sheep, and goat production. Jett graduated from Texas Tech University in 2010 with a degree in Agricultural Education. After serving as a high school Agricultural Science Teacher for 6 years, in 2017 he was named Director of Educational Outreach for Texas Farm Bureau and became state contact for Texas Ag in the Classroom. Jett is very excited about influencing ag literacy in students of all ages.