Valent U.S.A., in cooperation with the National FFA Organization, is providing teachers across the United States with a first-of-its-kind “Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series." The curriculum is a free resource for agriculture teachers to use both in-classroom and within distance learning environments. It is available through FFA's educator resources platform.
“Teachers right now need innovation, technology and sustainability at the forefront of their lessons,” said Megan McGrady, senior education consultant in FFA’s programs and events division. “As future growers and consumers, students need to know how it applies to the industry and primes them to potentially work in sustainability in the future. This lesson plan gives teachers the tools to talk about the importance of sustainability and what it means for the future of agriculture.”
The Valent/FFA team developed eight lesson plans that enable middle and high school students to become familiar with sustainable agriculture, explore different sustainability processes and practices, and learn about emerging trends in the food value chain.
Understanding sustainability gives students perspective and – ultimately – makes them better consumers. These lesson plans discuss the choices and decisions farmers make daily on their operations.
“We are proud of our nearly 20-year partnership with National FFA and our shared goal to cultivate bright, innovative leaders in agriculture” said Matt Plitt, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Valent U.S.A. “We’re excited about this latest collaboration to equip teachers with the tools they need to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities in sustainable agriculture.”