The WFBF Women’s Program is a dynamic group of Farm Bureau leaders who plan and carry out projects and activities to educate youth and consumers about agriculture and promote positive messages about farming, food safety, animal welfare, and other agricultural topics appropriate to adult and youth audiences.
Service Project – Wisconsin Agriculture Helping African Agriculture
The Women’s Program is selling reusable water bottles with the proceeds providing clean water to an African community in need. They are partnering with WaterDrops of Hope in hopes to raise enough money to build a sand dam (trapping water in seasonal rainfalls to provide clean water and to benefit agriculture in that community). Interested in helping or purchasing a water bottle? Contact your local Women’s Program or Deb Raemisch at 608.828.5712. Click here for an order form.
Top County Farm Bureau Women’s Program
This award form recognizes the top county Farm Bureau Women’s Programs in the state based on their overall program of work and accomplishments for the period of September 2011 to September 2012. Top county Women’s Programs will be announced during the WFBF Annual Meeting.
The county Women’s Committee is responsible for providing opportunities for women to become involved in all aspects of Farm Bureau and for carrying out a program of activities that involves the maximum number of Women in their county.
Successful county Women’s Programs educate youth and consumers about agriculture and develop leadership skills. They also have large attendance at county, district and state women’s events, as well as other WFBF functions (i.e. Ag Day at the Capitol).
There are three main avenues to which the Women’s Committee directs their focus:
Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit is a result of the collaboration of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Badgerland Financial and UW-Extension. This premier event held each spring at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dellsis designed for all women involved in agriculture, with numerous learning sessions centered around three areas of interest to agricultural women – networking, agriculture awareness and wellness/family living/life balance. Click here for more details or visit their Facebook page.
Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students with an understanding of how their food is produced. The goal of the program is to help students acquire enough knowledge to function effectively as agriculturally literate citizens supportive of wise agricultural policies and programs. Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom materials include a set of lesson plans for grades 4-6, a resource guide to agricultural teaching materials, a set of children’s books on agriculture and a variety of other classroom resources. Additional information can be found at the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom website.
- The Women’s Committee also hosts an essay contest for fourth and fifth grade students. Each year the topic has specific lesson plans, activities and other resources that teachers and home school parents can use to teach about Wisconsin agriculture.
- The Children’s Agriculture Book series is an ongoing effort by the Women’s Committee to promote books for elementary-age children that accurately portray modern agriculture.
Food Check-Out Week focuses on helping Americans learn how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, healthy and abundant food. And they share a common concern with consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget. Click here for more information.
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