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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — Nebraska

State Contact

Ms. Courtney Shreve
Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation
5225 South 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512
P: 402.421.4461

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

Lincoln Public School Lessons

NE AITC partnered with Lincoln Public Schools to provide an exclusive Classroom Visit lesson and pre-recorded lesson on Chicken Traits to supplement the districts third grade science curriculum.

Nebraska Interactive Map

Updated census data for all data sets and wrote fourteen social studies lessons that align to the map and the newly adopted Nebraska State Social Studies standards.

A Nebraska Ecosystem: Grasslands Video

From the rolling sea of grass to the herd of grazing animals, welcome to the grassland ecosystem! Grasslands are open areas of land where grasses and grasslike plants are the dominant species. Come check it out!

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

98% of Classroom Visit participants stated their students’ knowledge increased after participating in a lesson.

81% of pre-service teachers stated their interest in incorporating agricultural focused resources into curriculum was stimulated.

85% of pre-service teachers stated their comfort level with teaching agricultural topics increased due to participation in a workshop with NE AITC.

Program Leader Biosketch

Courtney Shreve is the Director of Outreach Education for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. She directs the foundation's agricultural literacy programming and serves as the Nebraska State Contact to the National Agriculture in the Classroom program. She leads curriculum development, teacher engagement, and volunteer training within the foundation. Courtney serves as leadership in the central region as one of the representatives to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization's Executive Committee.

Courtney began her work with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation in 2014. She worked as the Program Assistant and Manager of Education Programs prior to being named the Director of Outreach Education and State Contact in June 2016.

Courtney grew up in southeast Nebraska and spent most of her time working in her parent's custom meat processing plant. She was active in 4-H & FFA which allowed her to spend time on her grandparent's farm where she raised horses, cattle, and chickens.