Celebrating Tennessee Ag Literacy Week

Tennessee agriculture industry leaders have established Tennessee Agricultural Literacy Week as November 17-23, 2019.

Tennessee Ag Literacy Week focuses on connecting volunteers from the agricultural community to local classrooms for the purpose of increasing student knowledge about agriculture. It is an opportunity for Tennessee agriculturalists (farmers, ranchers, industry representatives, youth agriculture organizations, and others supportive of agriculture) to be the face of agriculture in classrooms across the state. They will not only read the Ag accurate books, but they will tell the students about their farms, programs or connections to agriculture.

The future success of agriculture is dependent upon developing an ag literate society – with individuals who understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life. With the majority of children today 5 to 6 generations removed from living and working on farms, we must provide that farm connection for the next generation. It is crucial that children and adults recognize and appreciate the vital role agriculture plays in our way of live.

How Ag Literacy Week Works:

In celebration of Tennessee agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to students. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. In 2018, nearly 2,000 students were reached in all 95 counties of Tennessee.​

Each Ag Literacy session takes about 30 minutes per classroom.​

1. Agriculture volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.

2. Volunteers read to students in elementary classrooms.

3. Following the reading, volunteers may conduct an activity with students and share their experiences about agriculture.

All activity materials are prepared by Tennessee Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom.

For more information, visit tennesseeag.org.