NAITCO Newsletter
Winter 2021
Important Dates
March 1 - 2021 National Conference registration goes live on website.
April 1 - CHS Scholarship, NAAF Scholarship deadline.
June 1 - Early registration for 2021 National Conference ends.
June 28-July 1 - NAITC Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
New 2021 Sponsors
The BRANDT Foundation
Native American Agriculture Fund
New 2021 Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors
Equipment Dealers Association
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Iowa Turkey Federation
National Pork Board
Vermeer Corporation
Upgraded 2021 Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Rainmaker Sponsors
Our Sponsors
U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Nutrien, Ltd.
CHS Foundation
Native American Agriculture Fund
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
National Pork Board
Barn Raiser
Corteva Agriscience
Smithfield Foods
American Egg Board
Ardent Mills
Del Monte Foods, Inc.
Farm Credit
Pivot Bio
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
The BRANDT Foundation
Dairy Farmers of America
Ford Motor Co.
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Iowa State University Extension and Outreaech
Vermeer Corporation
Ranch Hands
2445 Organics
American Agri-Women
Cotton's Journey
CropLife America
Equipment Dealers Association
Golf Course Superintendents Association
Growmark Foundation
Iowa Turkey Federation
National Grange
Protect the Harvest
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Virtual Farm Trips
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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"
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!
CHS Foundation Offers Scholarships
Covers Early Registration to National Conference
Article Image    CHS Foundation is once again offering scholarships to help teachers in pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) through 12th grade attend the NAITC Conference June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.
   The scholarship covers early registration of $435. Fifty scholarships will be given out, and recipients are responsible for covering their airfare/mileage and lodging. The deadline for applications is April 1. Only state certified teachers employed by a school district or private school may apply. Please visit 2021 CHS Foundation Scholarship Application and scroll down to learn more and apply.
New National Conference Scholarship
NAAF Supports Native American Teachers
Article Image    The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is partnering with NAITCO to send to the NAITC conference teachers who teach Native American students or have a Native American affiliation. The scholarship covers early registration of $435 and travel to the conference June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. The deadline for applications is April 1.
   Eligible applicants must teach at a tribal government operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school, a BIE-supported school, a school on a reservation teaching Native American students, a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students, or have a tribal affiliation.
    To learn more and review the application, please visit NAAF Scholarship Application.
Journey 2050 Teaches Sustainability
Promote Cross-Curricular Program, Gaming Platform
Article Image   Functional in a virtual or in-person setting, the Journey 2050 educational gaming platform offers flexible learning options 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.
   Learning tip sheets, guides and an additional webpage have been added to the Journey 2050 website to make learning from home easier. In addition, eLearning resources for Journey 2050 are available at Journey 2050 eLearning.
   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.
Lincoln Clears a Path New Thomas Novel
Showcases President's Contributions to Ag
   Lincoln Clears a Path is a new novel by Peggy Thomas that explores the impact the 16th U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln had on agriciulture. From the struggles and hardships in his personal life and during his presidency, the book delves into the strides he made creating the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the signing of the Pacific Railway Act and the Morrill Act.
   Beautifully illustrated by Stacy Innerst, the book is a must have for those who would like to better understand the contributions this famous president made to agriculture. The ISBN number is 978-1-68437-153-2. The publisher is Penguin Random House, and can be purchased at Lincoln Clears a Path This book review is provided by Kevin Daugherty, education director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
Follow NAITC on Social Media
Strengthen Pre-K-12 Agricultural Literacy
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   Join in our efforts to make our nation agriculturally literate! As friends of NAITC, we encourage you to share or use the agricultural literacy content we post on on our platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.)
   NAITC's social media schedule is as follows: every Wednesday "Book Spotlight," every other Thursday "Resource Roundup," every Friday "Friday Feature," and every Saturday "State/Territory AITC Spotlight." The State/Territory Spotlight is new, and will allow followers to learn about a state's or territory's agriculture and AITC program. It also will feature resources on the Curriculum Matrix.
AITC Discussion Group on Facebook
Join the Group to Discuss Ag Literacy
Article Image   NAITC has developed a special Agriculture in the Classroom discussion 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.
Become a Member of NAITCO
Show your Support of Pre-K-12 Ag Literacy
Article Image   NAITCO offers two opportunities to join the organization and show your support of agricultural literacy in Pre-K-12 classrooms.
    For $25, teachers, non-classroom educators and volunteers can join. For $10, students can join. A portion of the dues paid to NAITCO will be returned to the Agriculture in the Classroom program in the state in which you reside.
   Individuals who volunteer for AITC or in other ways support the mission of NAITCO can become individual members. Individual members may include state affiliate Agriculture in the Classroom staff, volunteers, or teachers. As an individual member you will have access to professional development webinars, receive notices about new programs and important dates involving NAITCO events, and receive an invitation to attend and participate in the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference. You will also be connected with your state Agriculture in the Classroom representative for other engagement opportunities.
   Pre-K students and/or collegiate students who are passionate about educating others about agriculture can elect to become student members of NAITCO. Student membership entitles you to be eligible for future scholarship or award opportunities as they become available, access to the electronic newsletter, and the opportunity to have a feature article of your innovative educational efforts included in the NAITCO electronic newsletter.
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