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Oklahoma teachers enjoy a 3-day road trip and farming adventure

Oklahoma educators who participated in a recent road trip to learn about agriculture had the opportunity to interact with farmers and ranchers who specialize in everything from no-till cotton production to bison production.
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Several dozen teachers from across Oklahoma recently participated in a “farm adventure,” investigating farms and other agricultural sites along Route 66 in western Oklahoma.

The three-day tours were open to all early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Beef Council was the main sponsor.

“The road trip encourages teachers to teach their students about agriculture by providing hands-on learning experiences and real, authentic interactions with real farmers,” said Annie Davis, who coordinates the Ag in the Classroom program. of State. “My favorite part of the journey is when teachers have the ‘aha’ moment, realizing how they can use this information with their students.”

Educators had the opportunity to interact with farmers and ranchers specializing in everything from no-till cotton production to bison production. They also visited several livestock auction owners, toured a custom meat processing plant, and even learned how to make goat soap.

Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell briefly joined the teachers to thank them for what they are doing and to share his perspective on the importance of the agriculture industry.

Ag in the Classroom 2022 Teacher of the Year Teresa Brunnemer of Morrison is a road trip veteran.

“The road trip is an incredible opportunity for teachers to see the diversity of Oklahoma agriculture,” she said. “They receive invaluable experiences to share with their students. The producers are always such gracious and generous hosts. All teachers should take advantage of this opportunity.

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom offers more than 300 agriculture-based courses aligned with Oklahoma academic standards.