NAITCO Newsletter
Spring 2019
Important Dates
April 15 - Early Registration for National Conference Ends.
May 27 - 2019 National Conference Lodging Rate Ends.
June 18-21 - 2019 Annual Meeting, National Conference, Little Rock, AR
Upgraded Sponsors
Corteva Agriscience
New Sponsors
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board
Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
New Exhibitors
2445 Organics
Arkansas Beef Council
HYVE Indoor Farming Systems
Our Sponsors
U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
CHS Foundation, Inc.
Nutrien Ltd.
American Egg Board
Ardent Mills
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board
Corteva Agriscience
Farm Credit
Tyson Foods
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
Ford Motor Co.
Riceland Foods Foundation
Ranch Hands
2445 Organics
American Agri-Women
Arkansas Beef Council
Cabot Creamery Coop
Cotton's Journey
CropLife America
Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
HYVE Indoor Farming Systems
Iowa Farm Bureau
National Grange
Nutrients for Life Foundation
Protect the Harvest
Support NAITCO
You can support agricultural literacy in K-12 classrooms by designating NAITCO as your charity when you shop Amazon. AmazonSmile allows you to select a non-profit to receive 0.5 percent of select purchases. Check out AmazonSmile to support 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'
Early Registration Ends April 15Temple Grandin
Early registration of $435 for the NAITC National Conference 'AgVenture in the Natural State' June 19-21 in Little Rock, AR ends April 15. After that, registration goes up to $485. Take Advantage of Early Registration Rate Now!
Temple Grandin - One of the highlights of the conference is a keynote address to be given by world renowned animal behaviorist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin at the opening banquet the evening of Wednesday June 19. She will be available for a book signing at a reception before the banquet. If you have any of her books such as Animals in Translation or Animals Make Us Human bring them to the reception for her to sign. Thank you Corteva Agriscience for sponsoring Ms. Grandin's appearance at the conference.
Conference Schedule - The conference kicks off the morning of Wednesday June 19 with a selection of traveling workshops to learn about rice and poultry production, Heifer International, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, among other stops, with an opening luncheon and workshops to follow. Workshop topics include GMOs, chemistry in agriculture and hands-on school garden approaches to learning. The conference ends mid-day Friday June 21. 
Lodging - To book a room at the Little Rock Marriott, where the conference will be held, go to Little Rock Marriott. King bed rooms are $170 and double bed rooms are $180 a night plus taxes and fees. The conference room rates are good until May 27.
Bingo - A Bingo fundraiser will be held after Temple Grandin speaks at the banquet the evening of Wednesday June 19. Ten Bingo cards can be purchased for $20 each when you register for the conference or onsite at the conference. Proceeds go to support NAITCO, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
National Teacher Award Winners Announced
Seven Teachers, Team of Teachers Selected
Article ImageA special needs teacher in Alabama who established a small chicken farm on campus and a team of Florida teachers who created a school garden club to teach students how to grow food and develop alternative energy sources along with six other teachers from around the country have won the 2019 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.
The award is sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and Farm Credit to recognize K-12 teachers for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other subjects. To learn more about this year's winner, visit 2019 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award Winners.
CHS Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced 
40 Teachers Receive Help to Attend Conference
Article ImageForty teachers from around the country have been selected to receive CHS Foundation Scholarships to help them attend the NAITC national conference in Little Rock, AR in June. They were selected from more than 100 applications submitted for the award, which covers early conference registration of $435. To learn more about the scholarship recipients, visit 2019 CHS Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Journey, Farmers Program Manager Hired
Tessa Matuszak To Oversee Program Rollout 
Article ImageTessa Matuszak, a 4-H and Farm Bureau education coordinator from Sonoma County, CA, has been hired to oversee the expanded rollout of Journey 2050 and Farmers 2050 educational platforms in the U.S. She will provide training and support to AITC state programs in their teacher workshop and classroom presentation outreach efforts. To reach her with questions about Journey 2050 or Farmers 2050, email
If you need a special Earth Day (April 22) or Career Day educational resource this spring, use the Journey 2050 game and educational resources that teach 7th-12th grade students about sustainable agriculture. They virtually farm in three different countries and compete against each other to become the most sustainable farm. They also create avatars and select agriculture careers that best suit their interests and abilities as part of the game. To learn more about Journey 2050 and download the game, visit Journey 2050. Webinars are available on the NAITC YouTube channel at Basics of Journey 2050 and Using the Journey 2050 Database to help you understand how to play the game and use it as an educational tool.
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
Conduct the Bread Dough Challenge
Lesson on Phenomenon of Yeast Rising
Article ImageStudents explore the phenomenon of what makes bread dough rise in the Curriculum Matrix lesson Food Science: Bread Dough ChallengeUsing baker's yeast, students observe alcoholic fermentation and its connection to cellular respiration as they are challenged to act as food scientists and develop the best recipe for quick-rising bread dough. The lesson is geared to students in 9th-12th grade.
Favorite Snack's Farm to Table Journey 
Popcorn Country Is A New Book
Popcorn Country by Cris Peterson is a a newly released book with beautiful photographs that showcase where popcorn originates and how it's made.  In addition to planting, cultivating and harvesting this favorite snack, the book explores the testing, processing and shipping involved in bringing popcorn from the farm to the table. The ISBN number is 978-1629798929.  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.
My American Farm and STEM
AFBFA White-Reinhardt Grants Available
Article ImageAmerican Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) now has a STEM version of its My American Farm app. The app is free and available for download at My American Farm STEMIn addition, AFBFA is once again offering White-Reinhardt Grants for $1,000 for agriculture literacy projects. Grant applications are due April 15. For more information, visit White-Reinhardt Grant Guidelines.
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