140+ Useful Agricultural Education Resources

140+ Useful Agricultural Education Resources
We’ve culled the Internet to bring you more than 145 can’t-miss agricultural education resources. Many thanks to Shannon T. Allen and Tammy C. Halsey, curriculum specialists at Virginia Tech, who began this list. Additional items have come from fellow teachers, state FFA staff and Local Program Success staff.
This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of resources. 

No-Cost Resources

FFA Learn has middle school curriculum and lesson on Food For America, water quality, leadership, and more. Use the lessons yourself or turn them over to your students to deliver in a variety of situations.

Market Place for the Mind is a great source of agricultural education information, ideas and hotlinks!

Animal Science at Michigan State University has great animal science lesson plans complete with instructional content, activities, handouts, evaluations, power points and more.

Georgia Agricultural Education Site is a tremendous resource for lesson plans, activities, and ag ed information.

Collection of ag ed presentations by John Jones from Arkansas, http://www.glenrosearkansasffa.org/lesson%20plans.htm.  

California Agricultural Education features lesson plans, PowerPoints to accompany them and many great links. 

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Agricultural Education has great links, activities, images and useful information.

At Puzzle Maker create puzzles for quizzes, bell ringers or extra activities.

USDA Ag in the Classroom features great ideas and useful information.

At the Virginia Tech Extension site, you’ll find several resources that will prove helpful in gathering information for teaching material and for career development event (CDE) preparation.

With Gateway to 21st Century Teaching, search through thousands of high-quality educational materials, including lesson plans, activities, and projects.

Go to US AgNet National and World Briefs on ag topics, great for extemp, research or current events.

Agricultural Research Service features the latest in ag research.

Horticopia Online Plant Pages 

Floral Design Principles

Junior Master Gardeners

On NAAE Communities of Practice, ask questions, share resources and get ideas from fellow ag teachers.

Use American Society for Horticultural Science for plant I.D. and other teaching resources.

Home and Garden television

Kids’ Gardening  

American Forage and Grassland Council

Free woodworking plans    

Simple project plans for download

Free Safe Kids materials for instructional use   

Agricultural Safety

Turn to the National Ag Safety Database for safety information in all areas of agriculture.

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education has activities and transparencies.

Envirothon Study Materials

Project Wild: Environmental and Conservation Education Program is a K-12 interactive, interdisciplinary wildlife conservation and environmental education program.

Project Wet: Water Education for Teachers is an international water science and education program for grades K-12.

The National Park Service has activities and curriculum.

Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Clean Virginia Waterways

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Lesson Plans

Virginia Naturally

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Education Resources    

The Environmental Protection Agency has articles and activities about water for middle school students.

Backyard farmer broadcasts 

Virginia State Climatology Office

Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center provides information on careers, training, and professional development; environmental programs in high schools and colleges; curricula for high school and associate degree programs; and instructional units on five topics:  water quality, a hazardous materials accident, environmental risk assessment, infectious diseases, and environmental justice (National Science Foundation).
The Water Cycle examines the movement of water across earth.  Among the topics:  condensation; evaporation; freshwater storage; groundwater storage and discharge; infiltration; precipitation; snowmelt runoff to streams; springs; stream flow; surface runoff; transpiration; water in the atmosphere; ice and snow; and oceans. 
Project Learning Tree is an interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in Pre-K through grade 12 that focuses on the total environment: land, air, and water.        
Ecoventures in Florida
Burning issues in Wildhorse Canyon—a ecosystem interactive learning site.  
Interactive weed science site  

The National Arbor Day Foundation, Youth Education  

The American Forest website is a great resource for educational materials and downloads to create interest in the forestry industry.

Oregon State University Forestry Resources for Teachers

North Carolina Forest Stewardship Activity Guide 

Forestry images  

Forest Biology and Dendrology educational site at Virginia Tech  

Virginia Career View

Career Path 4 U  

The International Journal of Veterinary Medicine  

Equine research information 

Care For Pets 

Vet Info website   

Veterinary Career in Occupational Outlook Handbook 

The Merck Vet Manual    

U.S. Merial resource for livestock and pet owner issues. 

The Electronic Zoo

Purina Pet Care information 

Bayer Small Animal Care               

My Vet Online cat care information

My Vet Online dog care information

Normal Temperature, Pulse and Respiration lesson plans for vet science come complete with lesson outline, instructional content, activities, handouts, keys, evaluations and PowerPoints.

Animal Health Evaluation lesson plans for vet science come complete with lesson outline, instructional content, activities, handouts, keys, evaluations and PowerPoints.

Parasites: Their Life Cycles and Classificationlesson plans for vet science come complete with lesson outline, instructional content, activities, handouts, keys, evaluations and PowerPoints.

Vaccinationslesson plans for vet science come complete with lesson outline, instructional content, activities, handouts, keys, evaluations and PowerPoints.

Animal Health - Whose Responsibility is it?lesson plans for vet science come complete with lesson outline, instructional content, activities, handouts, keys, evaluations and PowerPoints.

An Animal’s Way of Fighting the Unseen Enemylesson plans for vet science. 

Online manual for the primary animal health care worker

The Virtual Livestock Library     

Hoard’s Dairyman

The Cheese Reporter

Educational site for milk

The story of milk

Free grazing management video, CD or DVD 

Great goat site for anatomy, biology and more.  

University of Vermont Equine Science Program resource links      

Trash to Treasure

Dairy foods career development event (CDE) materials  

Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE

Using the Food Pyramid

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

The GLOBE program

Farm Service Agency for Kids

Cyberspace Farm

National Agriculture Day

Science Fair Project Ideas 


Electronic Field Trips to the Farm

A great supply of information for turf, landscape, lawn and garden, pet and livestock.


Visit Quizlet to make flashcards, play vocab games,  and get practice tests 

The Learning site Quia offers a 30-day free trial; download all the ag lessons before time runs out.

Brainy Betty offers free downloads.

Colorado Agribusiness curriculum 

Colorado Agriscience curriculum on plant and animal science

West Virginia course outlines  

University of Missouri downloadable scantron samples  

Oklahoma teacher resources and tools 

North Carolina State University SAE central  

Ag and Environmental lesson plans galore!   

The Dirt on Soil – Soil Safari, great for middle school students.      

Need a tree key to identify trees? Try What Tree is That by the Arbor Day Foundation (click on Launch Animation when you get to the page).   

Agrimania – from the University of Kentucky  

University of Kentucky Entomology materials

Try Animoto to create videos in your classroom.   

4-H Virtual Farm Tours, ideal for middle school students.  

Agriculture in the Classroom Kid Zone, great for middle school students.  

Discovery Brain Boosters  

With Discovery United Streaming (requires subscription), search for and download educational videos. Some include blackline masters (handouts), curriculum guides, quizzes and more. Your school library probably subscribes, and you can get their login/password to utilize the entire site.

Biology Corner  

The Biology Binder features interactive online lessons.

Discovery Channel Planet Earth  

Wetpaint – free wikis in education  

Ag Job Network     

Ag Careers.com

USDA National Agricultural Library     

Ag commodity challenge

Conrad Spirit of Innovations competition

Convert YouTube videos to a format your school will allow. 

Agtivity Book 

Fee-based Resources

The Ag Ed Network features materials and lesson plans.  There is a fee, but there are free samples available.  Well worth checking out.

Ohio Curriculum Materials Service

Enchanted Learning Site is an awesome site for activities, printouts, and information.

ITCS Instructional Materials features a catalog of CDs ranging from crop identification to scouting manuals.

Thompson Learning

On the Jones and Bartlett Learning website, check out the section on plant biology/botany.      

McGraw-Hill technical texts

Pearson Learning  online textbook catalog

ACTE online store has a wealth of excellent resources.

Parliamentary Procedure resources    

Virtual fetal pig dissection

Center for Agricultural and Environmental Research and Traning, Inc (CAERT) online agriculture curriculum

CEV Multimedia agricultural education delivery materials

Applied Technologies minicourses  

Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center  

Ag Experience Tracker Online SAE recordbook  

Delmar agriculture textbooks  

Gothic Arch Greenhouses