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2010

Annual Report

Kansas Foundation

for

Agriculture

in the

Classroom


Letter from the

Board Chair &

Executive Director

Dear friends of Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom,

Trent Winter

Board Chair

What a great year 2010 was for KFAC! Momentum for expanded programming was

gained with the success of the Agriculture Advocate Funding Challenge. Agricultural

businesses in Kansas, and even a few outside the state, stepped up to the plate to fund

new delivery methods for agriculture literacy programs throughout the state. Because

of their generosity, a new generation of students will have a greater understanding of

agriculture and the infrastructure it takes to support the food, fuel, and fiber system

we enjoy in our country.

Teachers have asked for video lesson plans, and we will be working to provide those.

Challenge dollars will help pay for producing, filming, and editing these lesson plans.

We are investigating the possibility of offering an online, self-paced class that will

allow teachers to tap into lesson plans, educator’s guides, and other resources. This

course will assist them in integrating agriculture into their existing curricula. Further

research will determine the cost of providing such an option for busy teachers.

Cathy Musick

Executive Director

We are increasing our network of partners with like-minded organizations in Kansas.

These partnerships help us advocate for our work and provide a great communication

network through which we will market our resources. Grant selection committees

view these collaborations very positively.

The Foundation has an excellent Board of Directors. Members of the board live across

Kansas, and they graciously donate their time to further our mission of “Connecting

Classrooms to Kansas Agriculture.” We are blessed with a talented staff that has been

challenged to explore and secure new funding avenues, partners, and methods of

delivery; while continuing to teach about a very diverse Kansas agriculture industry

in a strict performance, standards-based educational format. Teachers, students,

producers, and consumers will all benefit from the agriculture literacy efforts of this

group.

2011 promises to be a very productive year as we develop new resources and new

partnerships that will allow us to increase our education to teachers and their

students exponentially.

Mission Statement

Connecting classrooms to Kansas

agriculture.

Trent Winter

Cathy Musick

Vision Statement

Agriculture in every classroom

everyday!

Front cover photo: Girls feel soybeans at the Agriland display

by Elizabeth Poovey, Kansas State Fair

Back cover photo: Summer graduate course teachers discuss parts of a flower

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Celebrations

2010

Highlights of the Year

Programs

Resources

Eight Kansas primary school

students were recognized for their

Postcard Art Contest winning

entries at the State Ag Day

celebration held at the State

Capitol Building in Topeka.

Carol Budde, a teacher at Walton

21st Century Rural Life Center in

Harvey County, was awarded the

2010 Janet Sims Memorial

Teacher of the Year during the

State Ag Day celebration in

March.

The Foundation celebrated the

year’s accomplishments with

members and friends at the

Annual Meeting, held in

November in Wichita. The event

was held in conjunction with the

Kansas Agri-Business Expo.

Kansas agricultural businesses

rose to the challenge to help

KFAC raise funds to maintain

current projects and create new

delivery methods by participating

in the 2010 Agricultural Advocate

Challenge.

KFAC and Kansas Farm

Bureau co-hosted the 3rd annual

“Be Ag-Wise” educator training

workshops in January and

February with nearly 70

participants in attendance.

During the 2009-2010 school year,

18 hands-on school assemblies

were presented to Kansas youth,

10 of which were sponsored by

Cargill Cares in the Kansas City

area.

In early June, 16 teachers attended

the week-long summer graduate

course entitled “Connecting Your

Classroom to Kansas Agriculture,”

which was held at Kansas State

University.

In mid-June, 15 teachers attended

a two-day summer graduate

course entitled “Plants Have a

Place in the Classroom,” which

was held in Howard and Wichita.

In October, KFAC presented to

over 20 pre-service teachers at

Kansas State University for the

College of Education Symposium.

The crops educator’s guide

working group has nearly

completed the revision of the

“Exploring Plants: Kansas Crops

Educator’s Guide,” which will be

distributed in early 2011.

Manhattan Summer Graduate Course

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Operating Report

Trent Winter

Board Chair

Manhattan Summer Graduate Course 2010 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year County Ag Day Presentation

Provide educational

opportunities for our

teachers and students

In June, the Foundation hosted two summer graduate

courses for Kansas teachers. A weeklong course

Cathy Musick

“Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture

Executive was Director offered for three credit hours, and participants

engaged in several hands-on activities, took several

field trips and had the opportunity to visit with Kansas

producers. The course was held in Manhattan on

the Kansas State University campus.

A two-day course was offered for one credit hour, and

the “Plants Have Place in the Classroom” participants

had the opportunity to learn about plants and related

topics from experts and receive various hands-on

lesson plans. The course was held in Howard at the

Rolling Prairie District – Elk County Extension Office

with field trips to the Sedgwick County Extension

Education Center in Wichita.

Full-tuition scholarships provided by agriculture

donors were available, which made the course an affordable

option for all Kansas teachers.

The partnership between the Foundation and Cargill

Cares was extended into the 2010-2011 school year.

Hands-on assembly programs focusing on animals,

crops and natural resources are currently being presented

to students in the Kansas City area to further

connect classrooms to Kansas agriculture.

The committee formed to revise the “Exploring

Plants: Kansas Crops Educator’s Guide” has worked

diligently to create a comprehensive and informative

guide that will be well received by teachers and education

volunteers. The revised guide expands beyond

grains and oilseeds to include additional crops grown

in Kansas, like alfalfa, fruits and vegetables, turfgrass,

and Christmas trees. Special emphasis has been

placed on plant growth and development, the water

and carbon cycles, the use of technology in agriculture,

and plant-based renewable resources. Many of

the topics from the earlier guide are also covered,

such as soils, plant growth and development, food

and feed uses, as well as nutrition and careers related

to agriculture.

Grow the financial

resources to fulfill

our mission

In July, the Foundation kicked off the 2010 Agriculture

Advocate Challenge. The challenge was designed

to raise funds for agriculture literacy programs

targeted for Kansas students, their teachers, and their

families. Mid Kansas Cooperative Association (MKC)

of Moundridge and ICM, Inc., of Colwich provided

$5,000 each of seed money towards a $60,000 fundraising

campaign. Together they challenged Kansas

businesses with agriculture connections to participate

in the challenge by making a donation to KFAC. The

money raised will be used to maintain educational resources

and create new delivery methods provided by

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Wichita Summer Graduate Course Hands-On Assembly Program “Be Ag-Wise” Educator Training Workshop

KFAC. To date, the Foundation has received $55,650

collectively from 26 agricultural businesses.

The specialty crops block grant awarded by the Kansas

Department of Agriculture and the United States

Department of Agriculture will help fund teacherproduced

lesson plans, both written and video versions.

The grant will also pay for the creation of and

graphic design for the specialty crops unit in the newly

revised “Exploring Plants: Kansas Crops Educator’s

Guide.” The guide will be released in early 2011.

The Agri-Tag program continues to be successful.

There are currently over 660 agriculture specialty

license plates on the road in Kansas, and KFAC

memberships for the year reached 145. The money

cultivated from both projects is used to maintain

KFAC educational materials and other resources.

Increase the visibility of

KFAC

The Foundation was present at several events this

year: Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators

(KAAE) Agriculture Education Symposium, Women

Managing the Farm Conference, Kansas Association

of Conservation and Environmental Education

(KACEE) teacher in-service event, Kansas State

University’s Kiddy Barnyard, Kansas Association

of Teachers of Sciences (KATS) Kamp, Agronomy

Department’s Willie and the Beanstalk Competition

at KSU Open House, Symphony in the Flint

Hills, When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest and Fly In, Butler

County Community College pre-service event, KSU

College of Education Symposium, and various county

agriculture days and water festivals. At these events,

KFAC promotional materials and resources were

available for interested attendees.

The Foundation has a Facebook page, which was

created to connect teachers, education volunteers,

members and others to KFAC news, events and resources.

Through frequent status updates, event postings

and photo uploads, persons who desire to learn

about KFAC materials and programs and general

agriculture information can use the Facebook page as

a go-to resource.

Cultivate advocates for

KFAC

Through its programming efforts, educational materials

and special projects, the Foundation hopes to

cultivate advocates for agricultural literacy among

Kansans of all ages. From youth who participate in a

hands-on assembly program or attend a county agriculture

day activity to teachers who request a copy of

an educator’s guide or attend the summer graduate

course, the Foundation continually strives to reach

its mission of “Connecting Classrooms to Kansas

Agriculture.”

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2010

Activities Map

Trent Winter

Board Chair

Topeka

Wichita

Cathy Musick

Executive Director

Activities

Educator’s Guide Requested

Kansas Kids Connection Requested

Membership

Agri-Tag Owner

Summer Graduate Course Participant

“Be Ag-Wise” Participant

Post Card Art Entry

Post Card Art Winner

Teacher of the Year

Board Member

as of December 20, 2010

State Ag Day Celebration in Topeka Grand Prize Postcard by Ellie Green, Johnson County Agriland Pizza Party

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2011 Budget

January 1 through December 31, 2011

Approved on November 18, 2010 by Board of Directors

Ordinary Income/Expense

Income

Grants

General Grants (Commissions)

State Matching Grant

Programs

Summer Graduate Course

Other Presentations

Donations

General

Agricultural Advocate Funding Challenge

General (Agri-Tag, other)

Membership

Memorial

Miscellaneous Income

Publication Sales

Transfer Income

Total Income

Expense

Payroll Expenses

Administration (2 positions plus benefits)

Catalyst Professional Services

Student Assistant

Office

Copy/Print

Automotive (Taxes, Insurance, Tags)

Travel

Postage

Office Supplies

Accounting, Audit and 990 Preparation

Rentals

Professional Development

Phone

Promotions/Fundraising

Equipment Purchase

Reference Materials

Equipment Repair

Summer Graduate Course

Presentation and Education Supplies

Bond Insurance

Agriland

Assembly Program Travel

KSU Parking Permits (for teachers and volunteers)

Board Meetings

Total Expense

Net Ordinary Income

Net Income

70,000

35,000

20,000

1,000

45,000

15,000

5,000

250

500

500

17,020

$209,270

120,000

7,500

6,000

24,000

5,075

5,000

4,000

3,000

2,950

1,750

1,500

1,200

1,100

500

250

100

20,000

2,500

870

825

500

350

300

$209,270

$0

$0

“The Board of Directors has

approved a budget for 2011

that will leverage every

available dollar into

implementing educational

programs that will fulfill our

mission of “Connecting

classrooms to Kansas

agriculture.” We appreciate

all the donor support that

has allowed the Foundation

to provide and deliver these

quality, agriculture-based

programs.”

Jim Weaver

2010 Board Treasurer

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“We are excited about

increasing our funding

partnerships in order to

maintain and expand

our reach to Kansas

students.”

Cathy Musick

Executive Director

Staff

2011 Board of Directors

;

;

Cathy Musick

Executive Director

Ashley Mueller

Program Assistant

Tiffany Poet

Student Assistant

Cindy Baldwin

Chair

McPherson

Mary Anne Stoskopf

Chair-Elect

Hoisington

Roberta Spencer

Secretary

Circleville

Jim Adams

Manhattan

Jessica Baetz Caylor

Smith Center

Dr. Hallie Hasel, DVM

Leoti

Amy Langvardt

Alta Vista

Sarah Green

Dept. of Agriculture

Topeka

Kathy Martin

State Board of Education

Clay Center

Dr. Don Boggs

KSU College of Agriculture

Manhattan

KFAC

KSU College of Education

124 Bluemont Hall

1100 Mid-Campus Drive

Manhattan KS 66506

785.532.7946

ksfac@ksu.edu

www.ksagclassroom.org

Jim Weaver

Treasurer

Manhattan

Trent Winter

Past Chair

Clifton

Holly Martin

Bucklin

Joanne Pridey

Salina

Bill Spiegel

Manhattan

Bill Wood

Eudora

Barb Havlicek

KSU College of Education

Manhattan

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