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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2020 — Idaho

State Contact

Mr Rick Waitley
Idaho Agriculture in the Classroom
55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100
Meridian, ID 83642-8638
P: 208.888.0988

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

When COVID hit and students were forced into at remote learning, AITC was contacted by Moss Greenhouses in Jerome, ID for an opportunity to provide gardening and growing of plant educational materials. They were directed to the National AITC resource guide and from that interaction a postcard was developed by AITC that went to every retail and wholesale outlet where Moss Greenhouse products were sold encouraging families to engage students in the planting of flowers and gardens. The card directed them to resources at National AITC to see lessons that would compliment their gardening experiences for the spring and summer of 2020.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Difficult year for AITC and for teachers to get much response.

Program Leader Biosketch

The Idaho AITC program is housed at Association Management Group (AMG) in Meridian, ID. AMG provides association management and legislative lobbying for over 40 different agriculture groups in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Rick Waitley is State AITC Director a position he has held since 1994. Waitley is also President of AMG. Waitley grew up on a family dairy farm and received his BS in AgEd from the University of Idaho. He taught High School Agriculture Science before joining the staff of the National FFA in Alexandria, VA. Waitley returned to Idaho to work for the Idaho Dairymen's Assn. and in 1977 became a registered lobbyist for agriculture associations. Waitley is married to a retired Kindergarten Teacher, Dorita who taught for 35 years. Waitley received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Agriculture in the area of Educational/Adovacy in 1998. Waitley serves on a variety of boards in Idaho and has received numerous awards and recognition for his investment in Idaho agriculture.