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!
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.
Conference Scholarships Available
White-Reinhardt Applications Due Oct. 15
Have 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
As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Del 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
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
First 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
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.