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Georgia approves new elementary agriculture courses

 MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, mfrick@doe.k12.ga.us, 404-463-4246

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June 25, 2019 – Based on the recommendation of State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the State Board of Education this month approved standards for agricultural education courses in kindergarten through fifth grade.

 

The new standards are a direct result of Senate Bill 330, legislation passed in 2018 which provides for a pilot program to develop and implement agricultural education in elementary schools. The courses will be offered in 20 elementary schools across the state that were selected for the pilot program last fall.

 

“I’m thrilled about this work and the opportunity to add agricultural education at the elementary level,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “At the upper levels, our kids have a chance to learn the business and practice of agriculture, but now we can begin to build that understanding for our younger students in an age-appropriate way.”

 

State Sen. John Wilkinson, a former FFA program manager and agricultural education teacher and current chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee, sponsored the legislation.

 

“Food doesn’t come from the grocery store,” Sen. Wilkinson said. “Four or five generations removed from the farm makes it hard for students to understand where their food really comes from. This new program will help kids understand the powerful impact of agriculture on the prosperity of our state.”

 

Georgia Rep. Terry England, a member of the House Education and Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committees as well as Appropriations chairman, added:

 

“I feel it’s important that kids understand where food, shelter, and fiber come from. This is a step in the right direction.”  

 

Elementary Agricultural Education – Pilot Schools

 

School System

School Name

Appling County

Appling County Elementary

Banks County

Banks County Elementary

Berrien County

Berrien County High

Bibb County

Heard Elementary

Brooks County

Quitman Elementary

Colquitt County

Hamilton Elementary

Colquitt County

J. M. Odom Elementary

Colquitt County

Norman Park Elementary

Crawford County

Crawford County Elementary

Decatur County

Jones Wheat Elementary

Fulton County

Cogburn Woods Elementary

Grady County

Whigham Elementary

Irwin County

Irwin County Elementary

Lowndes County

Westside Elementary

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Elementary

Morgan County Charter School System

Morgan County Elementary

Pickens County

Hill City Elementary

Pike County

Pike County Elementary

Putnam County Charter School System

Putnam County Primary

Wheeler County

Wheeler County Elementary

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