Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a partnership of
agriculture, business, education, government, and volunteers,
coordinated through NIFA Higher Education Programs, to
improve agricultural literacy in the nation's secondary schools.
AITC accomplishes this goal through two mechanisms:
- Projects developed by the national office.
- Projects developed by the individual state programs.
AITC works with other federal agencies, universities, primary
and secondary schools, and non-profit organizations to develop
projects to increase agricultural literacy. Its emphasis
areas include science literacy, nutrition, agricultural careers,
and pre-service education.
AITC material, teacher resources, and lesson plans are available
through the AITC Web
site. AITC sponsors annual conferences for teachers,
volunteers, and other educators. See the EVENTS section of
the Education page for specific
AITC also hosts a Web-based directory of agricultural education
resources that include printed material, CDs, videos, audio
kits, and instructional Web sites. These materials are reviewed
for accuracy and availability before being included in the
Individual state AITC programs operate independently and
use various funding mechanisms, including some federal support.
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