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Thanks to a grant from FCS Financial, agriculture educators across the state will teach from a new curriculum in the fall of 2014. FCS Financial found through a needs survey that a new curriculum was at the top of the list for Missouri’s ag teachers. The current curriculum was developed in 1988.

“FCS Financial is committed to Missouri’s ag youth,” said Daryl Oldvader, FCS Financial CEO. “We are excited to partner with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in providing this much needed curriculum.”

The comprehensive goal is to bring together concepts from agricultural economics, management, sales and marketing and personal finance. The nature of today’s agricultural industry will be reflected to prepare students for career success.

“The ag industry has seen many changes over the years from technology to marketing,” said Oldvader. “The new curriculum will reflect today’s agriculture and provide a better foundation for tomorrow’s producers.”

The Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (MVATA) will develop the curriculum through a committee comprised of 17 people representing school districts, post-secondary institutions, agriculture companies and agriculture economics experts. This committee will provide subject matter knowledge and communicate project updates to their colleagues. Once finished, the curriculum will be available for teachers to download for free.

Ag instructors interested in field testing the curriculum in 2013 should contact Oscar Carter, Northeast District Supervisor, at (573) 751-8468 or oscar.carter@dese.mo.gov.
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