Project Summaries

02-187TX  Project Manager: J. M. Reeves


Aaron Nelsen, Texas Cotton Ginners' Association

On behalf of agriculture in the State of Texas, Texas Farm Bureau has established an "Ag in the Classroom" program specifically geared to promote agriculture to school children. This program is working to provide schoolteachers in the state with reliable accurate information about the scope, diversity, and importance of agriculture. Through printed resource material, video tapes, periodic newsletters, and most importantly, through hands-on workshop opportunities, teachers are exposed to agriculture, how it touches us daily, and how they can integrate lessons about agriculture to science, math, language arts, and social studies. One of the major components of all teacher workshops is cotton.

In 2012, 200 kits, called "Cotton's Journey, A Field Trip in a Box," were purchased by Texas Cotton Producers and Texas Cotton Ginners for distribution to teachers at workshops. Nine workshops were held, which included a segment on cotton. Teachers are shown portions of the video contained in the kit; they examine the samples of cotton bolls, and observe the operation of the miniature cotton gin. The video also includes a history of cotton, production steps, growing sequence, harvesting, and processing. Teachers also are shown color pictures, actual samples of cotton plants and bolls, steps that cover production ginning, using a miniature gin, manufacturing, products and byproducts from cotton and cottonseed. Lastly, at the workshops, each teacher usually receives enough ginned fiber to take a good sample back to their classroom. Farm Bureau also has a cotton lesson in their lesson guide, "Food and Fiber of the 21st Century."

The cities hosting workshops were: Killeen (9), Florence (25), Kaufman (22), Plainview (10), Lubbock (28), Canyon (15), Decatur (38), and San Angelo 23). Additional kits were purchased as necessary by Farm Bureau (as needed and with credit given to Texas State Support Committee, Texas Cotton Ginners and Texas Cotton Producers). The number in parentheses indicates the number of kits given to teachers.

Feedback continues to be excellent and this project will continue in 2013.


Project Year: 2012

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