Ag in the Classroom
What is Ag in the Classroom?
Richland County Farm Bureau participates in Ag in the Classroom at East Orchard Christian Academy, St. Joseph School and Richland County Elementary School. Each state organization addresses agriculture education in a way best suited to its own needs. For many years in Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau® was the state contact for Ag in the Classroom. In the Fall of 2005 the Illinois Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom program merged with Partners for Agricultural Literacy to form Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom. This merge combined the efforts of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating the Coordination of Agricultural Education (FCAE), University of Illinois Extension, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, various Illinois Commodity organizations and others. Regardless of the structure, Ag in the Classroom has flourished because of a cooperative spirit among the participants. There is an AITC presence in every state and territory. The strength of Ag in the Classroom comes from its grassroots organization and the fact that educators are very much a part of the movement. Giant strides have been made since 1981. Ag in the Classroom is regarded as a refreshing and flexible educational program designed to supplement and enhance the teacher's existing curriculum.
For more information on our Ag in the Classroom Program, please contact Donna Zwilling AT (618) 393-4116.