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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2023 — Iowa

State Contact

Ms. Kelly Foss
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
P.O. Box 14458
Des Moines, IA 50306-3458
P: 515.331.4182

Innovative Programming

  • Updated the FarmChat program to create a more interactive environment for participants, as well as increased longevity with the production of evergreen videos after the live event.
  • Created a virtual pork learning kit to facilitate learning surrounding Pork Month in October.
  • Hosted a fall professional development workshop that included both in-service and pre-service teachers, training them on concepts related to turkey and poultry production in Iowa.
  • Developed a jelly making kit for AITC and classrooms to check out to educate students on specialty crop and food science concepts.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • Gained knowledge regarding specialty crops in Iowa, more specifically viticulture (grapes)
  • Gained knowledge of agricultural careers in general, specifically relating to the pork and specialty crop industries.
  • Increased familiarity of careers within the agriculture industry outside of farming.
  • Increased perception of agriculture as an effective tool for illustrating concepts to students.
  • Increased understanding of Iowa's grape industry
  • Increased discussion and unit development surrounding agricultural concepts
  • Developed a deeper understanding of NALOs and connections to Iowa Core Standards
Pre-Service Educators:
  • Increased awareness relating to how agricultural concepts can fit into their future curricula.
  • Developed a deeper understanding regarding the importance of agriculture.
  • Increased familiarity of careers within the agricultural industry.
  • Increased understanding of the diversity within the agriculture industry.

Program Leader Biosketch

Not reported for 2023