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TEXAS NEIGHBORS | WINTER 2017 OPINION Vol. 82, No. 1, Winter 2017 TEXAS NEIGHBORS is published quarterly by the Texas Farm Bureau, 7420 Fish Pond Road, Waco, Texas 76710, (254) 772-3030. Subscription price to Farm Bureau members is included in annual membership dues. The Texas Farm Bureau does not assume responsibility for statements by advertisers or for products advertised in TEXAS NEIGHBORS . For information on advertising, contact: Teachers–A treasured Texas resource There is a small group of people that I take with me everywhere I go, in my mind and in my heart. The teachers in my life, all the way from Poth to Texas A&M University, prepared me for both op-portunity and challenge. They’ve made my life better. The same is true for my children, and before long, my grandchildren will sit in Texas classrooms, seeking the same opportunities. Just a few weeks ago, the Texas Farm Bureau honored a teacher as the Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher for 2016. The winner was Hillarie Rollins of Forest Ridge Elementary in Col-lege Station. She was nominated by the Brazos County Farm Bu-reau. You can read all about Hillarie’s classroom adventures on the pages of this issue of Texas Neighbors. Agriculture is a rich source of learning opportunities for Texas students. Farm Bureau has developed an Agriculture in the Class-room program for elementary students. The lesson plans include studies in geography, science, the environment and how agricul-ture fits in with the economy and the culture of Texas. Seeing a seed planted provides a sense of wonder and excitement for our kids. Input from local farmers and ranchers can make the experi-ence richer still. The Texas Farm Bureau’s interest in education extends beyond Publication Co-op DON DAUTERIVE 800.798.2691, Ext. 333 (office) 515.450.9852 (cell) Email: dauterive@iafalls.com Texas Farm Bureau website: http:/ /www.texasfarmbureau.org Texas Table Top blog: http:/ /tabletop.texasfarmbureau.org By Russell Boening President Texas Farm Bureau PRESIDENT Russell Boening, Poth VICE PRESIDENT Michael White, Vernon SECRETARY-TREASURER Robert Gordon, Dalhart EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/COO Si Cook COMPTROLLER Cyndi Gerik BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Mark R. Chamblee, Tyler Scott Frazier, Chapman Ranch Robert Gordon, Dalhart Larry W. Joiner, Huntington Ronnie Muennink, Hondo Robert E. Reed, Bay City Jessica Richmond, De Leon Dan B. Smith, Lockney Val Stephens, Lamesa Michael White, Vernon Neil F. Walter, Oglesby Ben F. Wible, Sherman Zachary X. Yanta, Runge We owe our teachers our thanks and a vote of confidence. agriculture. I served on the school board in our community for 21 years and I know something of the challenges facing our teachers. This career can be difficult, but the rewards are many. We owe our teachers our thanks and a vote of confidence. They should not only hear from parents when there is a problem. Our teachers are deserving of support and feedback. Parents need to know what is going on in classrooms. We should take an active role in the events and lessons. When asked to help, finding room for that in our busy lives is an investment in better days. To the teachers in my life–thank you. Thanks for putting up with my mistakes and encouraging my success. To all those teaching today, thank you! We’ve staked the future of Texas on you. Gene Hall —Publisher Gary Joiner —Editor Julie Tomascik —Associate Editor Jessica Domel —News Editor Shala Watson —Staff Writer Linda Andrews —Copy Editor Kelly Bogard —Advertising Coordinator Cindy Wennin —Sr. Graphic Designer Angela Lujan —Graphic Designer WWW.TEXASFARMBUREAU.ORG

Teachers–A Treasured Texas Resource

Russell Boening

There is a small group of people that I take with me everywhere I go, in my mind and in my heart. The teachers in my life, all the way from Poth to Texas A&M University, prepared me for both opportunity and challenge. They’ve made my life better. The same is true for my children, and before long, my grandchildren will sit in Texas classrooms, seeking the same opportunities.

Just a few weeks ago, the Texas Farm Bureau honored a teacher as the Agriculture in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher for 2016. The winner was Hillarie Rollins of Forest Ridge Elementary in College Station. She was nominated by the Brazos County Farm Bureau. You can read all about Hillarie’s classroom adventures on the pages of this issue of Texas Neighbors.

Agriculture is a rich source of learning opportunities for Texas students. Farm Bureau has developed an Agriculture in the Classroom program for elementary students. The lesson plans include studies in geography, science, the environment and how agriculture fits in with the economy and the culture of Texas. Seeing a seed planted provides a sense of wonder and excitement for our kids. Input from local farmers and ranchers can make the experience richer still.

The Texas Farm Bureau’s interest in education extends beyond agriculture. I served on the school board in our community for 21 years and I know something of the challenges facing our teachers. This career can be difficult, but the rewards are many.

We owe our teachers our thanks and a vote of confidence. They should not only hear from parents when there is a problem. Our teachers are deserving of support and feedback. Parents need to know what is going on in classrooms. We should take an active role in the events and lessons. When asked to help, finding room for that in our busy lives is an investment in better days.

To the teachers in my life–thank you. Thanks for putting up with my mistakes and encouraging my success. To all those teaching today, thank you! We’ve staked the future of Texas on you.

Read the full article at http://texasneighbors.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Teachers%E2%80%93A+Treasured+Texas+Resource/2681017/374045/article.html.

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