2018 Ag in the Classroom Tour Along Route 66 Concludes- Helping School Teachers to Learn From the Experts About Oklahoma AgFri, 08 Jun 2018 04:59:10 CDT
Day three of the 2018 Summer Tour of the Ag in the Classroom program in Oklahoma is now complete- and State Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Audrey Harmon offers this final report about the Ag Along Route 66 tour that offered a glimpse at Oklahoma Agriculture to 56 school teachers from across Oklahoma.
The final day of Ag on Rt 66 took teachers from Miami back to Kellyville. To start the day, teachers toured J&M Mushroom Farm where they followed mushroom production from the straw that makes compost, through the growing and picking stages, all the way to packaging. Everyone was surprised to learn that it takes only 36 hours for the mushroom to go from harvest to the consumer.
The tour stopped at Blue Coyote Winery, at Adair, to tour the vineyards. During this stop, a much appreciated break from the heat came in the form of cloud cover and then rain! What a blessing!!
Lunch was served at the Pink House in Claremore, which is now located in The Belvidere Mansion. During lunch, Andy Hogan spoke to the teachers, sharing many of Will Rogers famous quotes.
To end the tour, we ventured just a bit off of Rt 66, to Oologah, stopping at the Dog Iron Ranch, which was the birthplace of Will Rogers. Here, Ginger Reimer, education director of the Oklahoma Soybean Board, educated teachers about growing soybeans, its uses, and the history of soybean production. She also shared details about her families cattle operation and the importance of branding animals. In addition to soybean resources, teachers were given cattle ear tags and soybean markers to create their own brand.
On the final bus ride back to their vehicles, teachers were asked to take a post tour survey. One question asked teachers to share what they enjoyed most about the trip. Here are just a few of the quotes: “Talking one on one with the experts.” “Learning new aspects of our state agriculture system and talking to individuals who depend upon the system for their livelihood.” “Meeting new people and all the knowledge I learned from people who are actually practicing what they are telling us.” These quotes, and many more like them, are the reason why this trip is funded year after year. Thank you Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, and Southwest Dairy for funding the tour. Thank you Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women, Oklahoma Soybean Board, and Oklahoma Cattlewomen for providing resources for the teachers! The Ag in the Classroom program wouldn’t be possible without the support of these Ag Groups, and all of the others who support our program throughout the year! Please encourage teachers in your area to sign up for the State AITC Summer Conference, July 13. For more information about the conference- including registration details- click or tap here.
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