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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — North Carolina

State Contact

Ms Michele Smoot
North Carolina Farm Bureau AITC Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 27766
Raleigh, NC 27611
P: 919.719.7282

Classroom Resources

Currently we offer a resource that includes instructions for implementing hands-on activities supporting each book we offer in our Book of the Month program.The Book of the Month program can be found on the website: There is a new book added for each month. Lesson plans for grades K-12 pertaining to NC Sweetpotatoes and an Ag Mag can be found on the website:

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 99% of pre-service teachers surveyed in 2019 said they planned to utilize AITC teaching material
  • 99% of in-service teachers surveyed in 2019 said they gained new knowledge from attending an ATIC workshop
  • 96% of in-service teachers surveyed in 2019 said they would utilize AITC teaching material downloaded from the website
  • Facebook followers increased by 70%.
  • 75 county school districts received funding up to $500.00 to complete an Ag-based project through the AITC Going Local grant.
  • 24,000 K-6 students received AITC materials at the NC State Fair
  • Decreased Going Local Teacher Workshops by 50%
  • Distributed over 5000 Agricultural Literacy themed books to K-5 schools to use in their classrooms to include supporting lesson plans and activity sheets


Michele Smoot grew up on a 4th generation farm named, Quail Acre Farms in Southampton County located in southeast Virginia. There her family grew peanuts, cotton, soybeans, wheat, and corn while also raising beef cattle and market hogs on 1500 acres. Currently those farms are in full operation under her guidance. She received her BS degree in Animal Science from Ferrum College. Upon graduation she worked for Carroll Foods, known today as Murphy Brown and later began a career in management with Southern States. In 1994 she began her teaching career and since then taught grades three through twelve as well as college students receiving their degree in Teacher Education. While teaching she earned her Master's degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Michele continued to teach in the K-12 classrooms for 12 years and later moved on to teach at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC for an additional 6 years. During her tenure at Chowan, she utilized the agriculture-based content in training elementary pre-service teachers its importance and relevance for effective teaching. Michele currently resides in Zebulon, NC with her husband Les. She has three children two of which have earned their college degrees and the youngest lives in Raleigh and attends NCSU. She has found her position with NC Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom extremely rewarding as all of her experience and education fits this one role since 2012.