Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom is offering training workshops for volunteers, teachers and others interested in agricultural literacy work. The workshops will be on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the Comfort Suites in Portage.

Fred Henderson, developer of the Soybean Science Kits, will conduct two separate full day workshops featuring 21 lesson plans for students in grades 5-9 that connect agriculture and science. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board has sponsored 59 kits and is sponsoring Henderson’s presentations.

Following the Soybean Science Kit training on Friday, there will be presentations by the Wisconsin Dairy Council, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Beef Council, Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers and Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom. They will feature their educational materials available for volunteers and schools. Saturday’s presentation by Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, will feature educational resources from Ag in the Classroom and the American Farm Bureau Foundation. She will lead sessions on local agricultural literacy programs and activities.

Registration materials and information are available at www.wisagclassroom.org. The workshops are also being supported by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation’s Jeannette Poulson Funds.

Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and K-12 students with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation's largest industry: Agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.