Applicants Sought for Outstanding Teacher Award

Mrs. VandenBush, 2019 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher, pictured with her students.

Do you know a teacher who does a great job educating students about agriculture? If so, encourage him or her to fill out an application for the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom program’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program annually recognizes a Wisconsin teacher or a teaching team for their achievements in educating students on the importance of agriculture while integrating agricultural concepts across a curriculum.

Certified teachers currently integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula in the pre-K through high school are eligible to apply. Applications may be from an individual teacher or a teaching team. Certified agriculture education instructors are not eligible.

Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, understanding agriculture’s impact on personal lives, our national heritage, the environment, national security and the economy. Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

The state winner(s) will receive a plaque and a $500 stipend to attend the National AITC Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in June 2020. The winner(s) will also represent Wisconsin as the state’s nominee for the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award Program presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ag in the Classroom program.

Applications are available online at and are due October 15.

For more information about Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom, visit or contact Darlene Arneson at [email protected] or 608-828-5644.