Skip to main content
 

Georgia Approves New Elementary Agriculture Courses

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 SYSTEMSCHOOL NAME
Appling CountyAppling County Elementary
Banks CountyBanks County Elementary
Berrien CountyBerrien County Elementary
Bibb CountyHeard Elementary
Brooks CountyQuitman Elementary
Colquitt CountyHamilton Elementary
Colquitt CountyJ. M. Odom Elementary
Colquitt CountyNorman Park Elementary
Crawford CountyCrawford County Elementary
Decatur CountyJones Wheat Elementary
Fulton CountyCogburn Woods Elementary
Grady CountyWhigham Elementary
Irwin CountyIrwin County Elementary
Lowndes CountyWestside Elementary
Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Elementary
Morgan County Charter School SystemMorgan County Elementary
Pickens CountyHill City Elementary
Pike County Pike County Elementary
Putnam County Charter School SystemPutnam County Primary
Wheeler CountyWheeler County Elementary