FFA students at Damascus High School work in the schoolâs greenhouse as part of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agricultureâs (NIFA) Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) in Damascus, MD on March 21, 2003. Agriculture and education have been related for much of our nation's history because most Americans lived on farms or in small towns, students often did farm chores before and after school. Old schoolbooks have numerous agricultural references. As the farming population began to decline, agricultural emphasis decreased in educational materials as well. A core group of educators and agriculturalists pushed for more youth education about agriculture. They recognized the interlocking role of farming, food and fiber production, nutrition, environmental quality, wildlife habitat, clean water, and preservation of forests. USDA photo by Alice Welch.
April 28, 2014
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