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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Kansas

State Contact

Ms Nancy Zenger-Beneda
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
1990 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
P: 785.320.4351

Classroom Resources

Continued updates to new website Program Brochure 2020-2021 Two new Kansas Kids Connection Magazines (Sorghum, Sunflower)

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

FaceBook likes are up 30% and Twitter followers are up 45%. Lesson plan downloads are up 5%. A new initiative launched in October, to provide free classroom kits for lesson plan execution, impacted almost 2000 students in 90 days.


Dianne joined KFAC in May 2019 and brings more than 20 years of fundraising and non-profit experience in a variety of senior leadership roles. She holds a BA in Communications from The University of Kansas with certifications in fundraising and non-profit management. She has developed nationally award-winning programs for both higher education and grade school students. Most recently, Dianne served as the Program Coordinator for University Engineering Alliance (UEA), a consortium of eight universities collaboratively offering online coursework in nuclear engineering. Under her leadership, the UEA organized an annual engineering summit engaging both university and industry representatives to address future workforce issues. Prior to her time at with the UEA, Dianne served as the Executive Director for United Way of Riley County and guided the organization through a successful operational model transition while expanding revenue streams to include planned giving and foundation giving. She founded the K-State Student United Way which quickly expanded to over 40 members and won national awards for community involvement and fundraising.