In a partnership to provide exposure and education to fourth graders in Buena Vista County, ISU Extension and Ag Partners are working with fourth grade classrooms in Buena Vista County in a program called "Ag Citing ... Making the Ag Connection."
Approximately 270 4th graders are involved in the program, according to Rhonda K. Christensen, Iowa State University - County Extension Education Director.
The program is in its seventh year in Buena Vista County, says Christensen, thanks to funding from Ag Partners, LLC. and ISU Extension in Buena Vista County.
Fourth grade teachers involving their students in the "Ag Citing" project include: Kathy McCabe, Ana Philips, Jacquie Bauer, Noah Wilson, Patty Semprini, and Becky Brown of Storm Lake Public Schools; Ashley Dirks with Albert City- Truesdale; Sharon Murphy of Newell-Fonda; Lisa Weber with St. Mary's; Sue Mattson and Jolene Johnson with Sioux Central; Sue Barlow with Concordia Lutheran School; Tammy Peterson and Nancy Davenport with Alta Community Schools.
Resource kits with educational activities and videos related to agriculture have been collected and coordinated by Extension staff and shared with teachers. The teachers, in turn, use the materials in their classrooms prior to attending the "Ag Citing ... Making the Connection" finale on April 25 and 26 at the Alta Community Building and Buena Vista County Fairgrounds.
In the finale, students will participate in seven 35 minute sessions on a variety of topics.
Sessions will be taught by: ISU Extension Staff; Tammi Green, Buena Vista County Extension; Carol Ehlers, Sac County Extension; Earl MacAlexander, Calhoun County Extension; Nancy Clark, Kossuth County Extension; Rex Wittrock and Bruce Storm, Farm Services of America; Kevin Green, retired military personnel; Jennifer Loudermilk, Special Project Instructor for "Growing in the Garden; The Newell-Fonda FFA students; and 4-H participants: Adam and Stacie Glienke, Sydni Williams, Shelby Meyer and Robbie Carlson.
The classes will be escorted between sessions by volunteer ambassadors representing ag related careers. Volunteers from local agriculture businesses will be assisting.