Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Pioneers of Ag...Sailing in the Future" was the theme for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference I was attending this past week in Baltimore,Maryland. Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture with the goal of helping students to gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. The fact that only two percent of our population is providing food,fiber, and fuel for our country makes this goal more important than ever as we need more citizens who will be able to understand and support wise agricultural policies. As a volunteer leader for Arkansas Farm Bureau I attended workshops that were jam packed with information and ideas to promote agriculture education. My suitcase was overloaded with materials that I will use and share with other volunteers that possess the same passion that I have for educating all consumers about agriculture. While visiting Maryland I learned that the dairy industry is the #3 commodity of their state, horticulture #2 and broilers #1. For more information about Maryland or any other state and other educational resources,check-out Traveling and learning about other places is a great experience but there's no place like home on the dairy farm. Sharing information about the dairy farm and the great product we produce is even better!!

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