Tri-State continues partnership with Ag in the Classroom

For the third consecutive year, Tri-State is providing financial backing and content for the Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom publications for use by thousands of teachers and elementary school students.

The student activity newspapers include a teacher’s guide and are available free to educators. The publications cover a variety of ag-related topics such as ranching, nutrition, water and rural electric cooperatives. Issues are developed to allow educators to teach their students about agriculture and natural resource topics while reinforcing statewide core educational content standards.

The focus of the Tri-State-sponsored issue this year is history – the history of electricity and the history of the organization and implementation of rural electric co-ops. In addition to educational content, the newspapers include engaging activities and suggestions for fun experiments.

“The partnership Tri-State has formed with the Ag in the Classroom directors allows us to get factual information about the electric industry and the resources we use into the hands of teachers,” said Gigi Dennis, Tri-State’s senior manager of external affairs. “The teachers may then contact their local cooperative or utility company to provide additional content such as safety or efficiency measures. It’s a win-win,” she said.

Agriculture in the Classroom programs are implemented by state-operated programs and supported by the USDA. National Agriculture in the Classroom provides a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy among PreK-12 teachers and their students. The program is customized in each state according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education, and government.

Tri-State was a major sponsor of the organization’s national conference this summer in Loveland, Colo.

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