Talk Farmer: Resources for educating youth about the dairy industry
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Talk Farmer is a collection of print and multimedia resources to be used to educate youth ages five to fifteen about the dairy industry. The tools developed are available online at www.site.google.com/talkfarmerwi and include the following resources: a print guide and video discussing how to work with youth; a print guide and video about how to give a farm tour; a pair of interactive maps containing dairy data; agriculture lesson plans; and a list of additional agricultural education resources. Talk Farmer's objectives are to: 1- Teach dairy producers how to engage in conversations with youth so that they can clearly and concisely educate others about their farms' and the dairy industries' goals and practices; 2- Teach those not active in the dairy industry (both those active in a different agriculture field and those without an agriculture background) how to clearly and concisely educate others about industries' goals and practices. Talk Farmer's resources aim to make people confident and comfortable educating others about dairy. After using the tools, users will apply their new knowledge to various educational situations such as when giving farm tours, school presentations, public demonstrations, etc. Those that have previewed the project's resources complemented the tool's flexibility to meet the needs of various learning groups. In addition, they commented on the website and educational tools ease of use. Talk Farmer's resources will be marketed to the public beginning October 2013. After the tools have been used for six months, conclusions can be made about the resources' effectiveness.