The Agribee™ is a define and spell bee, using agriculturally related words, for fourth and fifth grade students. The program is currently available to schools in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties in California.

Each participating school organizes a school-wide Agribee and identifies two finalists who compete in a regionally hosted Agribee Finals on November 17 at the Patrick Ranch Museum in Durham, California.

The procedure is much like a standard spelling bee, with one major difference – each word must be defined and spelled. It promotes agriculture education in schools and gives students a rewarding opportunity to learn about the agriculture all around them.

The winner of the Agribee Finals receives a laptop computer and a special, agriculture focused field trip for the student’s class. The 2016 winning student’s class toured AVAG, Inc. an agriculture aviation company where they learned about planes and helicopters and their uses in agriculture. They also got to climb in and sit in a helicopter!

The winning student isn’t the only one who gets great prizes. Second and third place earn Kindle E-Readers and Amazon gift cards and fourth and fifth earn gift cards to Barnes and Noble. Every participating student earned their place at the Agribee by being a top two finalist in their school. To commend their hard work and efforts, no one leaves the Agribee empty handed. Each students receives a t-shirt, medal and certificate.

The Butte County Farm Bureau has partnered with the University of California Cooperative Extension School Nutrition Education Program in Butte County to coordinate this Northern California agricultural education program. For more information email the Butte County Farm Bureau.