NAITCO Newsletter
Fall 2018
Important Dates
Aug. 24, 2018 - Deadline for 2018 National Conference Evaluations
Sept. 15, 2018 - Deadline for CHS Foundation Classroom Grant Applications
Oct. 5, 2018 - Deadline for workshop proposals for 2019 National Conference
Oct. 15, 2018 - Deadline for White-Reinhardt Scholarship, Grant applications
June 19-21, 2019 - ´╗┐´╗┐National Conference, Little Rock, AR
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Wild Blueberry Commission
Yankee Farm Credit
 
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Join NAITCO
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
 
Enjoy an 'AgVenture in the Natural State'
Submit Workshop Proposals by Oct. 5
National Agriculture in the Classroom is seeking workshop proposals for its 2019 national conference 'AgVenture in the Natural State' set for June 19-21 in Little Rock, AR. Preferred workshop topics include, but aren't limited to, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math), GMOs, hydroponics, aquaponics, educational games, virtual reality approaches to education, food labeling and learning with school gardens. Learn more and submit a workshop proposal today! The deadline for workshop proposals is Oct. 5. Presenters whose proposals are selected will receive $50 off their conference registrations.
 
The national conference kicks off with an opening luncheon Wednesday, June 19 and wraps up before lunch on Friday, June 21.
 
See highlights of the 2018 national conference in Maine in June. Submit an evaluation of the 2018 national conference by Aug. 24 and be entered into a drawing for a free registration to next year's conference. 
White-Reinhardt Scholarships, Grants Available
Scholarship for 2019 NAITC Conference
Article ImageTeachers and volunteers can apply to receive a $1,500 White-Reinhardt Scholarship to attend the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 'AgVenture in the Natural State' in Little Rock, AR June 19-21. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15Learn more and apply for a White-Reinhardt Scholarship today!
 
In addition, White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants are once again available for K-12 agricultural literacy classroom projects. The $1,000 grants are intended to initiate new or expand existing agricultural literacy programs. Organizations interested in applying must work with their county or state Farm Bureau. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15Learn more and apply for a White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant today! The White-Reinhardt Scholarship and Mini-Grant programs are administered by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA).
 
CHS Foundation Classroom Grants Available
Fifteen K-12 Projects To Be Funded Across Nation
The CHS Foundation is once again offering classroom grants for K-12 teachers with projects such as school gardens, embryology initiatives and other plant and animal projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other subjects. The deadline for the $500 grants is Sept. 15Learn more and apply for a CHS Foundation Classroom Grant today!
Start School Year Off with Great Fall Book 
A Story about Making Hay
If you think the world needs a good hay book, we have one for you! Check out Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and Machines that Make Them by Christy Mihaly. It is a rhyming tale that uses accurate agriculture words that describe the haymaking process. ISBN number: 9780823436668. Purchase this new book and use NAITCO as your AmazonSmile charity. This book review is provided by Kevin Daugherty, education director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
Journey 2050/Farmers 2050 Rollout Continues 
Great Way to Teach Sustainability
Article ImageThe rollout of the Journey 2050 and Farmers 2050 online educational platform continues in the U.S. Journey 2050 is an interactive game that allows students to farm in three different countries and compete against each other to become the most sustainable farm.
Farmers 2050 is the at-home version of the game that allows students to continue virtually farming when they go home. Journey 2050 is geared to students in 7th-12th grade. 
 
 
'Feed a Bee' Offers Funds for Educators
Bayer CropScience Seeking Proposals
Educators interested in teaching K-12 students about the importance of bees and other pollinators have an opportunity to apply for a 'Feed a Bee' grant. Bayer CropScience is providing $500,000 over the next two years with the goal of funding initiatives in all 50 states to increase food for bees and other pollinators by planting wildflowers and establishing additional forage areas. It's accepting applications until the end of 2018. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, growers, beekeepers, businesses, schools, clubs, gardening groups and governmental agencies. Funding will be distributed in grants of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. Proposals submitted by Sept. 15,  2018 will be reviewed and announced in the fourth quarter. Learn more and apply for a 'Feed a Bee' grant.
NAITCO Selects New Officer Team 
IALF's Fett Elected President
Will Fett, executive director of the Iowa Agriculture FettLiteracy Foundation, has been elected president of NAITCO for 2018-19. Prior to becoming president, he served as treasurer and regional representative of NAITCO. He has a bachelor's degree in agriculture education, a master's degree in agricultural economics and an MBA and has worked as an agriscience teacher and for the National FFA Foundation. Tammy Maxey, senior manager of Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, has been elected president-elect. Fett and Maxey are joined by Katie Carpenter, director of New York Agriculture in the Classroom, as treasurer, Tonya Wible, education director of Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, as secretary, and Willie Grenier, executive director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, as immediate past president.
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