Get Ready for "Fields of Dreams"
Hybrid Conference June 28-July 1
The 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Fields of Dreams" will be held as a "hybrid" conference with an in-person option for people who can travel and a live streaming/virtual option for those people who can't travel.
Scheduled for June 28-July 1, the conference will be held at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
Registration will go live on the NAITC website March 1 and the deadline for early registration of $435 will be extended to June 1. Virtual registration will be $50.
Social distancing measures, including mask wearing, will be implemented to make sure everyone remains safe at the conference.
Keynote speaker Dr. Anton Treuer, a professor who specializes in Native American studies, will talk about infusing equity tools into classroom instruction and is being sponsored by the Native American Agriculture Fund. Another keynote speaker is True Food TV host Nicole Jolly who will talk about using storytelling to describe how different food items are grown and the farmers who produce them.
Pre-conference tours on Monday June 28 will stop at the American Gothic House with the iconic painting of the farmer and his wife depicting 20th century farm life, Herbert Hoover's birthplace and presidential library and Amana Colonies, a long-standing German communal society. The post-conference tour on Friday July 2 tours the Bridges of Madison County, among other stops.
Traveling workshops the afternoon of Tuesday June 29 will tour the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, a raspberry farm and a John Deere manufacturing facility, among other stops. On-site workshops will cover renewable energy (ethanol, biodiesel, biogas, wind), conservation (water quality, soil health, pollinators) and biotechnology (GMOs, cross-breeding, nutrition quality), among other subjects.
Put these important dates on your calendars and we hope to "see" you Des Moines in late June!