The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 3-9, 2014, as Agriculture Literacy Week in Saskatchewan.
“Agriculture Literacy Week is an opportunity for youth to get engaged in agriculture and increase their understanding of food production,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “It helps students who may be removed from the farm understand where their food comes from. The week is also a reminder of the importance of agriculture awareness for those of us involved in the industry to speak up and share why the industry is important.”
“Agriculture is an integral part of our provincial identity, and this is a great opportunity to get students involved in learning about how agriculture impacts our province,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “Whether it is through food production, our export industry, value added research or our job market, this week provides an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the agriculture sector in classrooms across Saskatchewan.”
Agriculture in the Classroom strives to provide students and teachers across the province with information and activities about modern agriculture during Agriculture Literacy Week. This year more than 3,000 students from more than 130 schools will be participating.
“By connecting classrooms and people who work in the industry, it is our hope that students will become more aware of agriculture and the role it plays in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world,” Agriculture in the Classroom interim Executive Director Chantel Short said. “Backed with many solid partnerships with members from the agriculture industry, Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan is working to ensure that our future decision makers are informed about agriculture and excited to work with the agriculture industry on their journey to feed the world sustainably.”
Agriculture Literacy Week will be observed through a variety of events held by Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and schools across the province. Classrooms will connect with agriculture through activities such as reading books about farming, watching videos and meeting with farmers and other agriculture industry representatives.