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First Graders Learn About Iowa Agriculture

November 11, 2010

Contact Information

Brittany Jurgemeyer

Phone: 641.430.1229

Email: britjurg@iastate.edu

NEWS RELEASE

November 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRST GRADERS LEARN ABOUT IOWA AGRICULTURE


 

ROLAND STORY, IA — Roland – Story Elementary School first graders had a change in the ordinary school day during the week of November 8, 2010, when a presenter shared with them information about Iowa agriculture.

Brittany Jurgemeyer, a sophomore at Iowa State University and a National Collegiate Agricultural Ambassador visited all four first grade classrooms at Roland – Story Elementary this past week. Students learned what a commodity is, how farmers care about their livestock, and what products corn is an ingredient in.

The National Collegiate Agricultural Ambassador program through the National FFA Organization gives Jurgemeyer the outlet to do such presentations. Twenty-one individuals from across the United States are selected to become ambassadors, who after training, go back to their home communities to present to groups young and old, of any backgrounds, about agriculture.

This program also allows Jurgemeyer to create her own curriculum, which is exactly what she did for the first graders of Roland – Story. Students made a “farm book,” and learned what a pig eats by making trail mix. “Students will learn better if you give them something to remember the material by, I believe I created a curriculum which does just that,” alleges Jurgemeyer.

Agriculture affects everyone, and with more individuals becoming disconnected with the industry, it is important to educate consumers young and old. Jurgemeyer explains that her passion for the industry makes it easy to speak out for what she believes in. “I hope by visiting classrooms students can learn about agriculture and make informed decisions later in life,” she states.

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