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News Release

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Beth Groves Named Montgomery County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator

Amanda Cole, Unit 18 County Extension Director, is pleased to introduce Beth Groves as the Montgomery County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator. Groves has worked for the University of Illinois Extension for eight years. Previously she was a SNAP-Ed Community Worker, and also taught the popular summer 4-H Science Camps throughout the Unit. Groves has already started visiting elementary schools throughout Montgomery County to provide educational opportunities for students in agricultural related topics. Groves says, “I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and look forward to teaching youth the value and importance of agriculture. I also look forward to working with teachers and providing materials they can use in the classroom”.  Groves earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, and has lived and worked on her family’s farm near Atwater for 25 years.


Agriculture in the Classroom visits are 30 minute hands-on lessons and activities about a specific agricultural topic. The program is available to Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms.  Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator, Beth Groves will teach lessons in the classroom and provide materials. Assistance from the classroom teacher during the activity may be needed. Each quarter of the school year, a different age appropriate classroom topic will be taught. Upcoming topics are announced in the Ag in the Classroom newsletter that elementary teachers throughout the county receive. 


Groves is currently providing programs for Pre-K – Kindergarten on Pumpkins, 1st-2nd grade on Corn, and 3rd-5th grades on Watersheds. Later this school year, she will be teaching about Snow, “Who Grew My Soup?”, Soil, Garden in a Glove, Pod to Plate, and Biotechnology. Groves will also continue the annual chick hatching program for area classrooms. Resource kits and Ag Mags are also available for area educators who are interested in teaching supplemental programs in their classrooms.


Teachers who would like to schedule a lesson for their classroom are asked to email Beth at Please provide: teacher(s) name, school, grade level, number of students, suggestions for preferred days/times or times to avoid. Materials for the programs are designed for one class at a time and will be conducted in the teacher’s classroom. One teacher coordinating the scheduling for an entire grade level, or a team of teachers, is appreciated.


The Montgomery County Agricultural Literacy Program is made possible through funding by University of Illinois Extension, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, University of Illinois Extension, M&M Service Company, Montgomery County Soil and Water CD, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, and Central IL Livestock Association.  Anyone interested in contacting Groves may reach her at the Montgomery County Extension office by calling 217-532-3941, or emailing .


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office.



Local Contact: Beth Groves, Program Coordinator, Agriculture Literacy,