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Georgia Foundation for Ag preparing to launch Ga Mobile Ag Experience

by Jennifer Whittaker, Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 0:00 AM

For the past year, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture has been preparing the ultimate farm field trip for third through fifth graders. The  twist  is students won’t have to  leave their schools; the  farm will come to them.

The foundation’s  Georgia Ag Experience - a mobile classroom housed in a 45’ long by 30’ wide trailer - is  designed to give students the virtual experience of visiting poultry houses, peanut and cotton fields, peach and pecan orchards, cattle in pastures,  timber  stands,  blueberry fields and horticulture nurseries with the help of colorful farm photos and interactive technology.

Students will learn how farmers plant  and harvest  their crops, take care of their animals and preserve the natural resources on their farms. There will  also  be a station highlighting the many career options in agriculture. All exhibits and lessons that are part of the Georgia Ag Experience have been professionally designed to meet science, technology,  engineering and math (STEM) standards.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the Georgia Ag Experience will hit the road visiting schools in South Georgia  and make its way across the state by the  end  of next  year.  It will spend the first three weeks of January visiting schools in the lower part of Southeast Georgia  (Georgia Farm Bureau’s 10th  District) before heading to lower Southwest Georgia (GFB’s  9th District) for three weeks. From Feb. 15 - March 5, 2021,  the Georgia Ag Experience will  travel  across  upper Southwest Georgia (GFB’s 8th District). The mobile classroom will spend most of March in Middle Georgia (GFB’s 6th  District).

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is partnering with county Farm Bureau offices across the state to arrange local mobile classroom  visits. County Farm Bureau staff, teachers or school representatives interested in booking the Georgia Ag Experience for a school or community event, may  visit to access instructions for scheduling a visit and a list of dates the mobile classroom will be available across the state in 2021.

Please note that application forms on the Georgia Ag Experience website will not be live until Oct. 12.

Teachers or school representatives interested in working with their county Farm Bureaus to bring the Georgia Ag Experience to their school should first contact their local Farm  Bureau office. Visit this  webpage  to access your local Farm Bureau’s  contact information.

From Oct. 12 – 31, county Farm Bureaus in Georgia Farm  Bureau’s 6th, 8th, 9th or 10th Districts may signup schools or community events for a mobile classroom visit. 

The  Georgia Ag  Experience will visit schools in GFB’s 5th  District from April 5-23,  2021,  and will visit schools  in  GFB’s 3rd District from April 26 to May 14, 2021. County Farm Bureaus  in GFB’s 5th and 3rd Districts will  be able to sign up for visits  in January.

The  Georgia Ag  Experience will visit schools in GFB’s 1st District from Aug. 18-Sept.  20, 2021 and  will  visit schools in GFB’s 2nd District from Sept.   13-Oct. 1, 2021.  County  Farm  Bureaus  in the  1st and 2nd District  will sign up  for  school  visits in  April.

The Georgia Ag Experience will be displayed at the 2021 Georgia National Fair and Sunbelt Ag Expo. School visits will resume   Oct. 25-Nov. 12 in GFB’s 4th District and  from  Nov. 15-Dec. 10 in GFB’s 7th District. County Farm Bureaus in the 4th and 7th districts will  sign up for visits in July 2021.

For more information about the Georgia Ag Experience and a list of the ag organizations, agribusinesses and Georgia commodity  commissions that are generously supporting the mobile ag classroom visit  

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