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From the Field: National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
2015 USDA-NIFA National Award for Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Winners, State Contacts and Sponsors

From the Field: National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Farm Credit is a proud supporter of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference through the National Contributions Program. Guest author Jade Sadler is an account specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America based out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Educators with a passion for agriculture gathered in Louisville, Ky. last month to learn about the ‘Unbridled Possibilities’ of using agricultural concepts to teach kindergarten through 12th grade students reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, social studies and more.

A wide variety of workshop sessions at the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference provided attendees with innovative ideas and activities to incorporate in their classrooms. As an example, Jacinta LeDonne with the American Egg Board presented multiple ways to incorporate eggs into lesson plans to help students understand topics such as air pressure and density. The conference not only provided attendees with new ideas, but also with extensive resources they can use when returning to their respective states and classrooms. The American Egg Board is one organization that provides lesson plans and materials for educators to utilize.

Sherri Harkins from Florida shared her passion about the use of alternate container gardening in urban areas, using common household items such as clothes baskets to grow potatoes, providing an intriguing way to deliver hands-on learning for her students.

Six outstanding teachers were presented with the USDA-NIFA National Award for Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture, sponsored in part by Farm Credit. These teachers had the opportunity to share how they were able to contribute to agriculture literacy.

In our ever-changing society, the importance of teaching agricultural principles is more crucial than ever. It was inspiring to meet and talk with these teachers who dedicate their time and effort to educate children about agriculture and how it impacts their lives.