Agriculture in the Classroom Workshop to Provide New Tools, Networking

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – October 24, 2014– Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) county coordinators and others interested in becoming involved in integrating agriculture into school curriculum are welcome to attend a new workshop hosted by The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) November 7, 2014 in West Des Moines, Iowa.

AITC is a grassroots program focused on helping students gain a greater awareness of the role that agriculture plays in our economy and society. In Iowa, programs are typically coordinated by county Farm Bureau staff and volunteers but may also include other organizations. The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation supports Agriculture in the Classroom efforts to help expand and grow programs throughout the state.

The workshop is designed to bring staff and volunteers together from across the state to share best practices and learn from each other and review new ideas to enhance existing AITC efforts. The workshop will offer professional development and a guest speaker, Peggy Christensen a science consultant at Heartland AEA in the hopes of advancing Agriculture in the Classroom efforts.

“This is a great opportunity to network and share best practices that might help enhance other AITC efforts,” said IALF executive director, Will Fett. “Incorporating agriculture into school lessons is a great way to apply concepts and it gives students terrific hands on learning experiences.”

“Iowa is fortunate to have a number of terrific, well-established AITC programs,” said education program manager, Cindy Hall. “We want to showcase what is happening and create opportunities to learn from each other. Participants will leave with a lot of ideas and tools that they will be able to easily put into practice.”

For more information or to find out how to become involved in Agriculture in the Classroom, contact IALF at

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About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture. The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at, on Facebook, and Twitter.


Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation


Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

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