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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — North Carolina

State Contact

Ms. Heather Morton
North Carolina Farm Bureau AITC Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 27766
Raleigh, NC 27611
P: 919-782-1705 ext. 8423

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

  1. NC Christmas Tree Ag Mag:
  2. NC Christmas Tree Ag Mag Companion Activity:
  3. Read Aloud for Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck's Ice Cream Wish:
  4. NC Strawberry Ag Mag Companion Activity:
  5. NC Pork Ag Mag Companion Activity:
  6. AITC Videos: Cotton, Ice Cream, Milk, Peaches, Grain Fed vs Grass Fed, Peonies, Performance Beef, Showing Sheep, Strawberries, Christmas Trees:

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 19.3% increase in Twitter followers
  • 38.3% increase in Facebook followers
  • 3,450 ag books purchased in our Book of the Month program
  • 43 grants were awarded to K-12 teachers in 28 counties for a total of $20,255.46 in 2021. This brings our Going Local grant to the following statistics since its inception in 2013: 438 grants awarded in 81 NC counties for a total of $203,880.79

Program Leader Biosketch

Heather Willoughby is a North Carolina native and grew up working alongside her father at his retail and wholesale plant nursery operations. Along with the nursery operations, her family farms beef cattle, and row crops. Heather graduated from NC State University with a BS degree in biological sciences and horticulture, and a MS degree in Agricultural and Extension Education/Agricultural and Human Sciences. She joined the North Carolina Ag in the Classroom program, housed at NC Farm Bureau, in 2015. North Carolina Ag in the Classroom has since been a part of a USDA NIFA PD-STEP Grant (Chicken Nuggets on Mars), USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (Strawberry Curriculum and NC Ag Mag), and USDA NIFA Grant (Developing the State of Ag), as well as countless partnerships with North Carolina agricultural commodity groups and North Carolina's land grant universities.