AMARILLO, Texas – The Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB) recently partnered with the Home Baking Association (HBA) at the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Association of Texas (FCSTAT) Professional Development Conference in Dallas on August 1-3. The conference, which attracted more than 500 Texas middle and high school educators, allowed TWPB and HBA staff to speak one-on-one with teachers about the many wheat-related educational resources both organizations offer.

Educators were given wheat and baking teacher resource packets that contained school friendly bake sale recipes, Texas wheat industry information, and baking science techniques that can be utilized to enhance baking curriculum taught in Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classrooms. Packets were given to both seasoned culinary professionals and first-year teachers alike, which will reach thousands of Texas students.

“While the TWPB primarily focuses on farmer protection through market development and research, consumer education is also vital to the board’s outreach,” said Katie Allen, TWPB director of communications and producer relations. “It is important to educate groups like the FCSTAT that could ultimately influence buying decisions of the next generation of consumers. By partnering with the HBA, we were able to provide teachers the farm-to-table concept and give them resources to do the same with their students.”

In addition to the packets, HBA Education Program and Membership Director Sharon Davis, presented three workshops that focused on implementing the practice of baking at an early age, ways baking provides leadership roles, community connection and career opportunities to students, and tips on how to share the physical and financial benefits that preparing meals at home provides students now and throughout their lives.

HBA is a consortium of farm-to-table organizations, companies, and nonprofit associations. As a member, the TWPB helps share tools and knowledge to grow the practice of home baking, while incorporating wheat-based products. Find their resources and many wheat-based recipes at www.homebaking.org.

The FCSTAT represents over 3,000 professional FCS educators, secondary, post-secondary educators and administrators, cooperative extension educators, retired educators and university students enrolled in FCS Education programs.

The Texas Wheat Producers Board is a statewide board funded by a voluntary two cent per bushel checkoff program. Checkoff funds are used for research, market development and education to further the wheat industry in Texas and support the profitability of wheat producers. For more information, visit http://www.texaswheat.org.

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