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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2022 — 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

  1. Teacher workshops (in-person)
  2. Teacher workshops (virtual)
  3. Ag Science Nights
  4. Pre-service teacher workshops (in-person)

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 12% increase in Facebook follows; reach increased by 36%
  • 16% increase in Twitter followers
  • Started NC AITC Instagram account
  • 40 grants were awarded to K-12 teachers in 21 counties for a total of $18,134.18 in 2022.

Program Leader Biosketch

Heather Morton 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.