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Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
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Princeton, IL 61356
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1689 North 31st Road,
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Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
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Marshall-Putnam County
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Announces Grants to Counties

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit

 

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Announces Grants to Counties

BLOOMINGTON----The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program is proud to announce University of Illinois Extension Marshall Putnam Ag in the Classroom is funded $8543 for the 2018-2019 School Year.   Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom based these grants to counties off the 2017-2018 year-end reports.

In 2017-2018, the Illinois AITC program reached 694,449 students with a message about agriculture.  Additionally, 41,369 teachers and 1,166 pre-service teachers learned how to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum while meeting state learning standards.

Kevin Daugherty, Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program said, “County level programs are the biggest strength of our IAITC efforts.  Illinois has the benefit of local contacts that provide content knowledge and easy strategies for teachers to utilize. The county programs work to integrate agriculture into existing classroom curriculum.”

“I work with teachers to schedule lessons relating to what they are teaching,” explained Julie Read, Marshall Putnam Ag in the Classroom coordinator. “Often I can provide teachers the standards that the lessons meet. This is helpful for their documentation.”

County Coalition Grants are made possible through funding from the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau.  The IAA Foundation seeks funding partners and coordinates fundraising events to support Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  In addition to County Coalition Grants, fund raised support teacher grants, Summer Ag Institutes and keep resources like Ag Mags available to teachers and students at no cost.

“Thanks to the work of local ag literacy coordinators, backed by the steadfast generosity of our individual and industry contributors, the IAA Foundation is able to award an all-time high of $640,500 in grants to 79 coalitions across the state,” said Susan Moore, Director of the IAA Foundation. “These funds will allow local ag literacy efforts to continue to thrive in both rural and urban communities throughout Illinois,” she continued.

Partner organizations of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program include Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn growers, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. In addition, annual donors include many agribusiness partners and individuals with an interest in supporting the future of agriculture. More information on the IAA Foundation can be found at www.iaafoundation.org.

For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/  -End-