Agricultural Education

For more agricultural education information, please contact agricultural conservation staff

TWDB Resources

Looking for more Water Conservation Educational Resources? Or TWDB Kids? Take a look at this guide to Rainwater Harvesting Activities for Youth Education.

Groundwater Education

Check out these educational videos to learn about the aquifers of Texas, how aquifers work, and even groundwater availability models.

Water for Texas Game

Play Water for Texas, a game for ages 8 and up that teaches about the different water user groups within Regional Water Planning Areas and practical Water Conservation strategies. It's FUN!

What is an acre-foot?

In agriculture, water volume is often discussed in terms of Acre-Feet. One acre of land covered in water one foot deep is an Acre-Foot. One acre-foot (or 1 AF) of water equals about 325,851 gallons or 43,560 cubic feet of water. (An Olympic-sized swimming pool holds about 630,000 gallons or almost 2 AF of water.) Click on the image at left to find out more information. Then think about this: What is an acre-inch?. Get the What is an acre-foot? Poster

External Resources

  • What's the geology like in your area? Use this interactive Geologic Atlas of Texas from the USGS Texas Water Science Center and find out!
  • Check out the USDA-Farm Service Agency's “FSA Kids” page to play online games like Agventure, and learn the answers to fun questions like: How many honeybees does it take to produce a tablespoon of honey? (Hint: It's the same as the number of eggs in a dozen.)
  • Ever wondered why the Corn Belt is called the Corn Belt? Or where in Texas most Sugarcane is grown? Visit Cropscape, the interactive map of croplands and other land use categories in the United States created by the USDA- National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • Did you know the “Houston Black series” is the official state soil of Texas? And that it is a “classic vertisol”? Huh? Increase your knowledge by visiting the NRCS Soils Education page.
  • What do the newspaper and a chocolate bar have in common? Find the answer and lots more fun agriculture facts on the USDA Science for Kids site. (Hint: The answer has something to do with soy.)
  • You probably know that your blue jeans were made from cotton, but what does cotton have to do with Ranch Dressing? Find out here!
  • Check out these programs! But be careful — you might just learn something!
  • The Texas 4-H program counts more than 65,000 Texas youth as members. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. From photography to computers, from building rockets to raising sheep, there's something for everyone! Check out the 4-H Science page or the Calendar of Events to find out what's happening near you!
  • The Junior Master Gardener Program strives to ignite a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education program. Kids can play games online and work toward becoming a certified Junior Master Gardener. Educators can find useful resources and curriculum covering plant growth and development, soils and water, ecology and environmental horticulture, insects and diseases, career exploration, and more! Stay up on youth gardening and JMG opportunities through the JMG Facebook page.
  • The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future. Collectively, FFA members earn more than $4 billion annually through their hands-on work experience! Find your closest FFA chapter and start “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

For Educators

  • Check out these resources gathered by the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation!
  • Agriculture in the Classroom programs aim to improve agricultural literacy - awareness, knowledge, and appreciation - among PreK-12 teachers and their students. The Teacher Center includes information on STEM programs, lesson plans, and science experiments. The Student Center has both a “Kids Zone” and a “Teen Scene” that includes information, games, and more!
  • The Soil Society of America provides K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources including lesson plans, activities, videos, and much more!
  • Be Ag Smart! The Texas Farm Bureau offers numerous resources including the Mobile Learning Barn and Planet Ag.
  • The USDA Education and Outreach page has information and materials for educators on topics ranging from agricultural literacy to veterinary medicine.
  • Check out these Agricultural Web Quests from the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Youth Based Educational Videos

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service, with support from TWDB and the Ogallala Aquifer Program, created a series of youth based education videos to help teach tomorrow's leaders about water resources and agriculture in Texas. Visit the Water Management project website to watch and learn about the topics listed below.

  • Agriculture in the State of Texas
  • Diminishing Water Resources
  • The Water Cycle
  • What is Drip Irrigation
  • Determining Soil Bulk Density
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