Enjoy 'Agriculture Elevated' in Utah
National Conference Agenda Changes
The 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 'Agriculture Elevated' at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT, will begin with an opening breakfast Wednesday, June 24 and end with a closing lunch Friday, June 26. In addition, NAITCO is pleased to announce Nicole Jolly, host of True Food TV, will serve as a keynote speaker at the conference. Her videos strive to educate youth and adults about the source of food, and are featured as companion resources on the organization's Curriculum Matrix.
Important conference information is below, and please make sure to register for the conference and book hotel rooms early:
Schedule Change - The conference begins with an opening breakfast Wednesday, June 24, and ends with a closing lunch Friday, June 26. Traveling workshops are scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24. To see the conference agenda, please visit Conference Agenda.
Registration - Early registration of $435 is available now and ends April 15. To register, please visit Conference Registration. If you're a workshop presenter, you will receive a $50 discount on your registration for each workshop you present, but you must register for the conference. You will receive an email from conference planner Utah State University Event Services with a code you will use to receive the discount when you pay for your online registration.
Lodging - The room rate at the conference hotel, Little America Hotel, is $169 plus taxes and fees for a single room and $189 plus taxes and fees for a double room. To receive the conference rate, it is best to book rooms using the hotel reservation link at Little America Hotel Reservation Link.
Bingo - A Bingo fundraiser will be held at the banquet the evening of Thursday, June 25. A package of 10 Bingo cards can be purchased for $20 online and onsite at the conference. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit NAITCO.
Pre-Conference Tour - A pre-conference tour to Utah Olympic Park and Historic Downtown Park City is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $75, participants will explore Utah Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, and tour downtown Park City. Lunch is included.
Traveling Workshops - Traveling workshops to farms and agricultural facilities are scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24. Stops include a robotic dairy, a downtown Salt Lake City rooftop garden, and a tart cherry farm, one of Utah's signature crops.
Questions? Call USU Event Services at (435) 797-0424.
CHS Foundation Scholarships, Grants Available
Scholarship Applications Due March 1
CHS Foundation is offering scholarships to help Pre-K-12 teachers who would like to attend the NAITC national conference in June in Salt Lake City, UT. The scholarship covers early registration to the conference of $435. The deadline for applications is March 1. Eligible applicants are teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who are employed by a school district or private school. Learn more about CHS Foundation Scholarships and submit an application today!
In addition, CHS Foundation is funding 15 classroom grant projects at schools around the country this school year. Some of the initiatives funded include school pollinator projects, chicken coops and hydroponics gardens. To learn more about the projects selected for funding, please visit 2019 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant Projects. CHS Foundation will offer these grants again next school year. The application will go live on the NAITC website July 15, and the deadline for applications is Sept. 15.
New Resources Added to Journey 2050
Students Can Apply to Volunteer in Kenya
Nutrien, Ltd., the creator of educational gaming platform Journey 2050, has added new resources covering innovations and technological advancements, service learning and project-based learning to keep the game current with changes in agriculture and education.
In addition, Nutrien is partnering with an organization called 'ME to WE' to offer to students interested in food security and sustainable agriculture the chance to volunteer in Narok County in Kenya in the summer of 2020. The deadline for applications is March 20, students must be age 13 to 18 and be able to travel to Kenya Aug. 3-14, 2020. To learn more and direct your students where to apply, please visit ME to WE in Kenya
The new Lesson 7 covers technological advancements in agriculture such as global positioning systems, robots, temperature and moisture sensors and drones, among others. The new service learning activity and companion resource were developed in partnership with the WE organization, a global service learning program. The revised program summary is now an activity centered around Project-Based Learning, a teaching method in which students learn by engaging in real-world, personally meaningful projects. The Journey 2050 game and related lessons are geared to students in 7th-12th grade.
Another interactive farming game Nutrien has developed and made available to play at home is Farmers 2050. In addition to planting, cultivating and harvesting crops, players trade goods and market their crops. Help Nutrien reach its goal of 1 million users by downloading it at Farmers 2050
Grange Sponsors Ag Advocate Award
Agricultural Literacy Service Honored
The National Grange will once again sponsor the Agriculture Advocate Award in 2020. Eligible nominees are educators who either volunteer their time or who work in Pre-K-12 agricultural literacy and who go above and beyond to teach teachers and students about the importance of agriculture. The recipient will receive an all expenses paid trip to the national conference in June in Salt Lake City, UT where they will be recognized.
New Climate Change Lesson Available
Explores Climate Change and Agriculture
Students will learn about the carbon cycle and evaluate associated phenomena of climate as they discover the impact climate change could have on our food supply.
Compost Stew Teaches ABCs
Whimsical Book for Spring Planting
As thoughts turn to spring and gardening and Earth Day, take a whimsical look at compost with Compost Stew
by Mary McKenna Siddals. The book teaches the ABCs and rules and regulations to follow when using compost and is a great fit for spring soil, Earth Day and planting lessons.
Designate NAITCO as your AmazonSmile charity when you purchase this book on Amazon at Compost Stew
. The ISBN number is 978-0385-75538-2. This book review is provided by Kevin Daugherty, director of the Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement.
Become a Member of NAITCO
Individual, Student Members Invited to Join
Are you a teacher in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who would like to become better informed about new developments and new tools used in agricultural literacy classroom outreach? Are you a volunteer educator looking for the newest in hands-on activities that teach students about agriculture? Are you a middle school, high school or collegiate student with a particular interest in agricultural literacy outreach?
Membership in NAITCO is for you. For $25, you can become an individual member. For $10, you can become a student member. Part of the membership fee goes back to fund your state AITC program. For more information about joining NAITCO, please visit NAITCO Membership