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IPTV Program Shows How Iowa Coalition Educates Kids about Agriculture

1/28/2009

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program will feature how statewide organizations are working together to educate youth and others about agriculture. The segment is expected to air at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and noon Sunday, Feb. 1 and will be available on the Web at http://www.iptv.org/mtom/.

“There aren’t many states that work together as well as Iowa in educating people about agriculture,” said Janet Toering, a 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension.

Toering and ISU Extension are part of the Iowa Agricultural Awareness Coalition, whose work will be featured in the IPTV program.

“Working as a coalition makes Iowa agricultural messages and projects stronger,” Toering said. “It enables us to do things that we couldn’t do as individual organizations.”

Iowans interested in promoting agriculture created the Iowa Agricultural Awareness Coalition. According to the coalition’s Web site, http://www.agaware.org/, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to the agricultural education of Iowa’s youth and provides quality, research-based, educational materials to Iowa educators.
 
“We want to help educators and youth become more aware of agriculture’s role in their daily lives,” Toering said.
 
Connecting Learning and Living is ISU Extension’s agricultural, environmental, and food and nutrition curricula package. It is used by more than 5,000 Iowa educators annually and has the potential to reach more than 200,000 youth each year.

  • Growing in the Garden, for grades K-3, increases kids’ curiosity about agriculture, natural resources, food and people.
  • Where We Live, for grades 4-6, connects students to natural resources, plants, animals, food and people where they live.
  • Food, Land and People, for grades K-12, links students with food, land and other people from around the world.

“I use many cds, posters and other educational resources from Iowa Agricultural Awareness Coalition members in our ISU Extension Connecting Learning and Living curricula,” Toering said. “Coalition members have helped to conduct research and have provided opportunities to market and deliver the curricula.”

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Contacts :
Janet Toering, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1018, janeta@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu