AITC is a national, grassroots program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA supports state programs by providing program ideas, materials, and by maintaining a nationwide network of individuals and organizations that support the AITC mission. USDA acts as a central clearinghouse for all materials and information, and also encourages USDA agencies to assist in the programming. You can learn more about the National AITC Program at their website.
Agriculture in the Classroom programs are implemented at the state level. USDA Agriculture in the Classroom supports these programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy—awareness, knowledge and appreciation—among Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and their students.
Each state organization addresses agriculture education in a way best suited to its own needs. In some cases, an all-volunteer network is responsible for teacher education and resource development and distribution. States have formed educational nonprofit organizations which have the benefit of a tax-deductible status. In some states leadership is provided through the departments of education, agriculture or other government agencies; in other states through agriculture organizations or commodity groups; some through universities or colleges; and in some cases through the dedicated efforts of one or two individuals. Some state organizations, like Wisconsin, have employed full and/or part-time persons to support Agriculture in the Classroom. The combined efforts of volunteers and professional staff are vital ingredients for success.
National Agriculture in the Classroom’s Teacher Center is full of information and resources that you can use in your classroom.
This site offers Teacher Awards, Lesson Plans, State Ag Facts, Agro World, STEM Programs, WebQuests, Ag-Knowledge, Virtual Tours and Screen Savers.
National Agriculture in the Classroom’s Student Center offers online games, activities and links to educational activities about agriculture.
National Ag in the Classroom Consortium
Rick Waitley, Executive Director
55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100
Meridian, ID 83642-8638