“With less than two percent of our population actively involved in production agriculture, many students have no firsthand knowledge of how food is raised and produced,” stated Julie Giles, event co-chair. “Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to focus on agriculture and share valuable information in our local schools about how farmers grow and harvest the products that provide food, fiber and fuel for our country.”
All segments of Tennessee’s agriculture industry support this effort to promote agriculture awareness and knowledge in local schools. During this event, farmers, ranchers, 4-H and FFA students share their agricultural knowledge and read agriculturally themed books in school systems across Tennessee.
Many segments of Tennessee’s agriculture industry have strong literacy outreach programs. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is designed to enhance and support those efforts while providing guidance and opportunities for new and innovative agriculture literacy programs.
Hundreds of agriculture producers and leaders have given time and shared their experiences in classrooms all across the state during Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. Over 40,000 students have benefited from this effort since Tennessee Agriculture Literacy was established.
Farmers, ranchers and agriculturists of all types are encouraged to share their knowledge and first hand experience with school students in their local area. Accurate agriculture resources are available by visiting www.TennesseeAg.org.
Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week will be celebrated November 17-23, 2019.
Readers are eligible for drawing for insulated travel mugs and participating teachers are eligible for a drawing for gift cards.