(03/30/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — AgMagic, an LSU AgCenter event that takes youth on an interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture, will be virtual this year.
The ag awareness event is typically hosted at four locations across the state, but COVID-19 restrictions have moved it online. In 2020, all in-person AgMagic events were canceled.
AgMagic Classroom AgVentures features educational videos and lessons that teachers can incorporate into their curricula. The lessons include Louisiana educational standards for elementary school students and were created by LSU AgCenter 4-H agents and content specialists.
“The new format allows 4-H to continue to reach youth across the state and provide education on the importance of where safe and healthy food comes from,” said Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president for program leader for 4-H youth development. “AgMagic is even more important for youth to participate in as we have seen issues with the food chain and food sources during the pandemic. These lessons can help them understand the role of agriculture in everyone’s life.”
A recent release of videos targeted central Louisiana elementary schoolchildren. They are available to all teachers who would like to use them.
Five modules are available at http://bit.ly/agmagicagventures. They include lessons on pecans, soybeans, forestry, cattle and agricultural technology.
“The virtual event allowed us to bring agriculture to classrooms around the region,” said Tara Smith, LSU AgCenter Central Region director. “We are optimistic that our in-person AgMagic Cenla will return in November 2021.”
Additional videos targeted to Baton Rouge-area teachers will include additional lessons on nutrition, insects and wetlands.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture