NAITCO Newsletter
Winter 2018
Important Dates
Jan. 15 - National conference registration opens.
March 2 - CHS Scholarship applications due.
April 15 - Early registration for national conference ends.
April 16-18NAITCO Leadership Summit for state contacts and staff, Chicago
June 26 - NAITCO Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine
June 27-29 - NAITC National Conference, Portland, Maine
Thank You to
NAITCO Sponsors
Rainmakers
USDA/NIFA
CHS Foundation, Inc.
Nutrien Ltd.
American Egg Board
 
Barn Raiser
Monsanto
 
Harvesters
Farm Credit
Land O' Lakes Foundation
 
Cultivators
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Dow DuPont
 
Ranch Hands
National Grange
Protect the Harvest - Lucas Oil Products
Wild Blueberry Commission
Iowa Farm Bureau
Farm Credit East
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
Nutrients for Life Foundation
Highlights/Boyds Mill Press
Support NAITCO
 
 
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Join NAITCO
NAITCO offers two new 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 the organization. For $10, students can join the organization. Learn more and join the organization today!
NAITCO Contact Information
Lisa Gaskalla
Executive Director
Phone: (352) 745-0246
 
Randy J. Bernhardt
Development Director
Phone: (505) 227-4090
 
Dear Friends of NAITCO,
You are receiving our e-newsletter because of your support of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) over the years. The winter issue will keep you informed about important upcoming NAITCO events, deadlines and special programs. Thank you for being a big part of National Agriculture in the Classroom, and supporting its mission of creating an agriculturally literate world. We appreciate all you do for us.
 
Sincerely,
Willie Grenier, NAITCO President
Register Early for National Conference
Registration Limited to 400
Conference registration for the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 'Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea' is now available online. The conference, scheduled for June 27-29 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine, has limited banquet room space so the number of conference registrants is restricted to 400 people. The early bird rate for a full registration is $435 until April 15. After that, the late rate is $485 if space is available. Onsite registration is $535. Register for the conference now! 
  • Lodging for the conference is available at three hotels, including the conference hotel Holiday Inn by the Bay. Room rates begin at $159 plus taxes and fees. The two overflow hotels - Courtyard Marriott and Hyatt Place Portland - are each within walking distance or 0.4 miles of the conference hotel and closer to the waterfront. Reserve hotel rooms now! 
  • Workshop topics will include GMOs, STEM, project-based learning and other subjects tied to agricultural concepts for K-12 teachers and informal educators. Traveling workshops are available to conference registrants and will include trips to beef and dairy farms and aquaculture research facilities. Learn more about the workshops and traveling workshops.
  • Pre- and Post-Conference Tours are available to conference goers and their friends and family members for an additional fee. These tours include a trip to Acadia National Park, a ride on the Margaret Todd schooner, a visit to an oyster farm and a visit to Kennebunkport so it's a great way to see Maine. Learn more about the pre- and post-conference tours.
  • Pre-Conference Lobster Bake Dinner - A Maine lobster bake dinner will be held the evening of Tuesday June 26 on Peaks Island. For $65, conference goers can take a ferry to a nearby island where a lobster bake will be held, among other activities. Learn more about the Maine lobster bake, and pay for it when you register for the conference.
  • Bingo - Bingo will replace the silent and live auctions as a fundraiser for NAITCO at the national conference this year. To play, conference goers can purchase 10 Bingo cards for $20 when they register for the conference online or onsite at the conference, the proceeds of which go to support NAITCO and its programs. It will be held the evening of the Agriculture Advocate Awards banquet Wednesday June 27. Purchase Bingo card sets to support the national organization, and have a chance of winning great prizes donated by state AITC programs.
CHS Scholarships to Conference Available
K-12 Teachers Eligible to Apply
The CHS Foundation will once again provide scholarships for K-12 teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference in 2018. Teachers are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, which will pay for a $435 early bird registration. The deadline for applications is Friday March 2. The scholarship covers early bird registration for the conference. Teachers selected for scholarships are responsible for covering the rest of the cost of their travel to the conference. K-12 teachers are invited to apply for a CHS scholarship to the national conference.
Literature Committee Recommends Book 
Flip the Bird Easily Applied to Animal Agriculture
Flip the Bird is an impassioned story filled with moral dilemmas that can easily be applied to animal agriculture. The book is geared to students in 7th through 9th grade. The author is Kym Brunner and the ISBN-13 number is 978-0-544-80085-4 and is available for purchase on Amazon. Please select NAITCO as your preferred charity on AmazonSmile. Use the AmazonSmile link in the left column of this e-newsletter to do so. Learn more about purchasing the book.This quarterly book review is courtesy of Kevin Daugherty, state contact for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, and the NAITCO Literature Committee. 
AFB Foundation's Book of the Year
John Deere Geared to Elementary Students
Article ImageAmerican Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has selected John Deere That's Who! as its book of the year for 2018. It explores the life of John Deere and his invention of the steel plow. The book is geared to students from five to eight years of age. Also available for purchase are an Ag Inventions Ag Mag for students and John Deere That's Who! Educator Guide for teachers. Learn more about purchasing the book and related materials.
Curriculum Matrix Feedback Needed
Take Survey for Chance to Win Prize
Article ImageNAITCO and the National Center for Agricultural Literacy (NCAL) are seeking feedback on lessons in the Curriculum Matrix. Each lesson in the Matrix has a yellow icon in it. After using the lesson, please click on the link near the yellow icon and take a survey.
 
Educators who participate in the survey in January will be included in a drawing to win a plant light kit.
 
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