Our messages are good. Our ideas are sound. Our commitment is solid. What do we donext?Tell our story!
Plan, Plan, Plan! TELL YOUR STORY!!! • Events can be simple or complex, but they all need to be well-planned • Event Ideas • Promotional event to kick off Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture in your area • Food drives for a local food pantry • Ag Day for a local elementary school • Or, create your own…be creative! AG IS LIFE!
Steps to Success • Contact your Ag Science Teacher or County Extension Agent • Set goals • Create a budget • Decide where the event will be held • Inquire about availability • Decide on a date and time • Identify possible funding sources • Reserve proper equipment • Promote your event! Promote, Promote, Promote!
Picking a Location • School campuses are usually available • Try an auditorium or classroom • Local auction barn or livestock facility • Don’t forget, school nights are often a great option • A supermarket might work too.
Paying for Your Event • Student government often has funds to support events • Local Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis and other community groups • Local agriculture businesses/organizations could also be a great source for funds
Enthusiasm is key! The Key to Success… • Promote your event! • This is the most important aspect of your event • Post flyers at school/local businesses. • E-mail blast to friends and student body. • Advertise in school/local newspaper, radio and television. • News releases/advisories to local media. • Notices in calendar section of local newspaper/Internet websites. • Local church bulletins. Promote, Promote, Promote!
What’s Next? TELL YOUR STORY!!! RECRUIT FRIENDS • After you start getting your story out there, don’t be surprised if others take notice • They may even start asking you questions about your agriculture story—be yourself! • Don’t be afraid to seek an adult mentor like your Ag teacher or county agent STEP UP! DON’T BE SHY!