NAITCO Newsletter
Fall 2020
Important Dates
Sept. 30, 2020 - CHS Foundation Classroom Grant application deadline. 
Oct. 15, 2020 - AFBFA's White-Reinhardt Scholarship, Grant applications due.
Oct. 16, 2020 - Workshop proposals due for 2021 NAITC
New Sponsors
Del Monte Foods
Pivot Bio
New 2021 Conference Sponsor
Growmark Foundation
Rainmaker Sponsors
Our Sponsors
U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Nutrien, Ltd.
CHS Foundation
American Egg Board
Barn Raiser
Corteva Agriscience
Smithfield Foods
Ardent Mills
Dairy West
Del Monte Foods
Farm Credit
Pivot Bio
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Arkansas Farm Bureau
Dairy Farmers of America
Ford Motor Co.
Ranch Hands
2445 Organics
American Agri-Women
Cabot Creamery Coop
Cotton's Journey
CropLife America
Golf Course Superintendents Association
Iowa Farm Bureau
National Grange
Nutrients for Life Foundation
Protect the Harvest
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Utah State University Extension
Virtual Farm Trips
Western AgCredit
Support NAITCO
You can support agricultural literacy in K-12 classrooms by designating NAITCO as your charity when you shop Amazon. AmazonSmile allows you to select a non-profit to receive 0.5 percent of select purchases. Check out AmazonSmile to support NAITCO.
Special Facebook Page 
NAITCO has developed a special Agriculture in the Classroom discusion board on Facebook to allow Pre-K-12 teachers  and other educators to share ideas and encourage conversations about agricultural literacy. It is not public and you do need to be approved by a group administrator to join. Join the group and begin AITC-related conversations and invite other teachers to do the same.
NAITCO now offers two opportunities to join the organization and show your support of agricultural literacy in K-12 classrooms. For $25, teachers, informal educators and volunteers can join. For $10, students can join. Learn more and join NAITCO today!
NAITCO Contact Information
Lisa Gaskalla
Executive Director
Phone: (352) 745-0246
Randy Bernhardt
Development Director
Phone: (505) 227-4090
Tessa Matuszak
Program Manager
Phone: (707) 694-0321
Get Ready for "Fields of Dreams"
Submit Workshop Proposals by Oct. 16
The 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is seeking workshop proposals that demonstrate how agricultural concepts can be used to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, STEM, social studies and more. The conference called "Fields of Dreams" is set for June 28-July 1 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Preferred workshop topics include, but aren't limited to:
  • Animal science and husbandry (pigs, beef cattle, dairy, chickens/eggs, and turkeys)
  • Plant science (corn, soybeans, etc.)
  • Renewable energy (ethanol, biodiesel, biogas, wind, solar)
  • Conservation (water quality, soil health, pollinators)
  • Biotechnology (GMOs, cross-breeding, pesticides, nutrition quality)
  • Engineering (tractors, combines, technology applications)
  • Transportation (moving commodities by river, rail, highway, etc.)
  • Geography (climate, soil)
  • Economy (grain storage, farming inputs, rural infrastructure)
Workshop presenters receive a $50 reduction on their conference registration. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday Oct. 16. Submit a Workshop Proposal Today! 
Enjoy highlights of the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Virtual Summit held June 24-25, which replaced the in-person national conference that was to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah but was canceled because of COVID. 
Next year's national conference is being planned as an on-site event. However, if COVID-19 or other health and safety issues prevent the organization from hosting an in-person event, we will switch to a virtual platform. Accepted session proposals will be expected to be presented live and in-person. But consideration will be given to the feasibility of presenting the same or a similar session virtually.
CHS Classroom Grants Available
Deadline for Applications Extended to Sept. 30
Article ImageCHS Foundation is once again funding 15 $500 classroom grants for school garden, embryology and other agriculture-related classroom projects. Projects that use a virtual learning approach are encouraged. See how a Virginia teacher who received a grant last school year engaged her students in the project from home by viewing students' videotaped reflections about the project at Carrollton Elementary Homegrown Hydroponics Helping Hunger Problem-Based Learning
Teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to apply and the deadline for applications has been extended to Sept. 30. Teachers whose projects are selected for funding will have until the end of the school year to complete them. Apply for a 2020 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant today! Learn about CHS Foundation Classroom Grants funded in the past.
Conference Scholarships Available
White-Reinhardt Applications Due Oct.  15
Article ImageHave an idea for an agricultural literacy project? Want to attend the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom national conference in Des Moines, Iowa, but can't afford to do so? The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) is now accepting applications for the White-Reinhardt Grant program for agricultural literacy projects and the Scholarship program for support to attend the national conference. Applications for both programs are due Oct. 15, and go through a review process involving the applicant's state Farm Bureau. Learn more and apply for White-Reinhardt Scholarships today! Learn more and apply for White-Reinhardt Grants today!
Journey 2050 Teaches Sustainability
Promote Cross-Curricular Program, Gaming Platform
Article ImageAs the school year begins, and teachers look for innovative ways to teach in-person and virtually, the Journey 2050 educational gaming platform can be the answer for ways to explain the concept of sustainability. The seven-level game and program meets educational standards for science, geography, social studies, STEM, career and technical education and agriculture classes. Lesson topics include: sustainability, soil, water, economy, geography, culture, careers, agriculture technology and project-based learning. It is geared to grades 7-12, is free of charge and is compatible on all devices.
New learning tip sheets, guides and an additional webpage have been added to the Journey 2050 website to make learning from home easier. In addition, the National Center for Agricultural Literacy at Utah State University has developed eLearning resources for Journey 2050 at Journey 2050 eLearning.
Contact NAITCO Program Manager Tessa Matuszak with any questions about Journey 2050 by emailing
To learn more about Journey 2050 and download the game, visit Journey 2050. The home version of Journey 2050 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
Fruit, Veggie Lessons Teach All Subjects
Del Monte Supports NAITCO, Good Nutrition
Article ImageDel Monte Foods, North American food production and distribution company, is supporting NAITCO and teachers' use of fruit and vegetable lessons from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix. Just conduct a search of fruit or vegetables on the Curriculum Matrix for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade lessons that cover different subjects such as science, genetics, nutrition and the farm-to-fork process of growing fruits and vegetables.
First Green Offers Educational Resources
Topics Cover Insects, Water Quality, Conservation
Article ImageFirst Green, an organization affiliated with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has developed educational resources to help students learn about issues involved with developing and maintaining golf courses. Topics covered in the handouts geared to upper elementary include insects, using the natural features of an area to create a golf course, water quality and conservation. To learn more and check out the resources, please visit  First Green Educational Resources.
The Bug Girl Loves Insects
True Story Celebrates Women in Science
The Bug Girl (A True Story) by Sophia Spencer with Margaret McNamara is about a girl who loves bugs! Seven-year-old Sophia Spencer is bullied by other students because of her interest in bugs until hundreds of scientists rally around her. Sophie (and noted author Margaret McNamara) tells her story in this picture book that celebrates insects, women in science and staying true to yourself. A great story with outstanding insect background information, The Bug Girl is a must read for girls who would like to pursue careers in science or who just love bugs! Purchase this book and use NAITCO as your AmazonSmile charity. This book review is provided by Kevin Daugherty, education director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
Tammy Maxey New NAITCO President
Officers Elected for 2020-21  
Article Image Tammy Maxey, programs director of Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, has been elected president of NAITCO for 2020-21 by NAITCO state contacts at their annual meeting earlier this summer. Denise Stewardson, director of Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, has been elected president-elect. The rest of the officer team includes Immediate Past President Will Fett of Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, Treasurer Katie Carpenter of New York Agriculture in the Classroom and Secretary Jessica Jansen of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.
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