Given that an estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population is involved with agriculture, educating and informing the public about modern agriculture can be an uphill climb. Reaching youth in the classroom is a natural fit and the Adopt-A-Teacher education program is one way to get involved.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is inviting farmers, ranchers and others who have a stake in agriculture to get involved with our Adopt-A-Teacher education program. Marking its 15th year, the program allows companies or individuals to select a teacher and provide him or her access to a variety of agricultural education resources.

The Adopt-A-Teacher kit includes a range of grade-appropriate information about modern animal agricultural practices, according to the Alliance. For example, informative DVDs, worksheets, and lesson plans, are provided to aid the teacher in discussions about farm-animal care—which may already be taking place in the classroom. This allows agriculture to provide a perspective on modern practices, “providing positive, fact-based educational resources,” the Alliance notes.

Interested parties need to complete the form, which is available here. This will provide access to options for “adopting” an educator in your local community. Indicate the name, address, and teaching grade level (if applicable) of the individual that you would like to sponsor. The Alliance will ship a kit, along with a letter recognizing you as the sponsor, to the specified recipient. It could go to a specific teacher, administrator, department or library. Send completed forms to

The Alliance points out that the first 200 kits will be distributed at no cost to the individual or company, thanks to a special sponsorship by the Institute for Feed Research and Education (IFEEDER), which provided a $15,000 grant  to help produce and distribute kits.