Third-grade students across Ohio can now enter the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation essay contest by answering the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?” The winning student’s essay will earn an all-expenses-paid field trip for his/her entire class to an Ohio livestock farm — but all essays must be submitted by March 9, 2018.
The essay contest is the capstone to the For Your InFARMation program, which offers Ohio teachers free educational materials designed to teach third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the state’s largest industry — agriculture.
To participate, Ohio third-grade teachers and students are encouraged to visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com to obtain the essay guidelines and form. All essays are due March 9 and winners will be notified by April 6. The teacher of the winning essay also will receive a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.
“It’s important for young students to learn about agriculture in a fun, interactive way, so they develop a solid understanding of where their food comes from and the significance of safe, healthy and locally-grown food,” said Jenny Hubble, OLC representative. “Even though one in three jobs in Ohio relate to farming and agriculture, many students are unaware of the role Ohio farmers have in feeding our communities. The For Your InFARMation program helps to fill that gap.”
The For Your InFARMation materials were developed and are updated regularly by OLC with an education consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. The materials support Ohio learning standards for reading, writing, math, geography and more, making the For Your InFARMation program fit seamlessly into home school and e-school settings, as well as the traditional classroom.
Instructional resources include:
- Student Guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passages
- Teacher’s Guide with complete lesson plans and links to additional resources
- Ready-to-use lapbooks, worksheets and smart board lessons to reinforce key content and skills
- Informational videos that help students visualize the content
- Extended learning recommendations and cross-curricular suggestions.
Materials can be downloaded, for free, at www.ForYourInFARMation.com. Students will learn about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, as well as careers in agriculture.
OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.