Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials To Ohio's Third-Grade Classrooms

The Ohio Livestock Coalition has developed a package of educational materials for teachers designed to teach Ohio third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio's economy.

The For Your InFARMation materials support key Ohio academic content standards for social studies, language arts, science and math, and can be downloaded free of charge at www.ForYourInFARMation.com.

"Many young people may not realize that Ohio livestock farmers play a major role in feeding Ohio, the nation and the world," says David White, executive director, Ohio Livestock Coalition. "The free educational materials we have developed for Ohio's third-grade classrooms will help students better understand where their food comes from, as well as the importance of safe, healthy, locally grown food. And, teachers will be pleased to know that the lessons we've created will provide valuable reinforcement of Ohio academic content standards in key subject areas."

The For Your InFARMation materials were developed in consultation with a curriculum consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. Instructional resources include the following:

Through these materials students will learn about farmers and the economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, careers in agriculture and more.

In conjunction with the launch of the For Your InFARMation materials, the Ohio Livestock Coalition also is sponsoring a statewide essay contest for third-graders. The group will award a free, all-expenses-paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm to the winning essay-writer's entire class. More specific information about the essay contest rules and submission deadline is available at www.ForYourInFARMation.com.

"We're excited to be able to make the For Your InFARMation materials available free of charge to all third-grade classrooms in Ohio," says White. "We believe they will help educate the next generation of Ohioans about the important role livestock farmers play in their daily lives as well as the agriculture industry's substantial contribution to our state's economy."