Lindsay Mitchell

Aug 05, 2015  |  Today's News


Displays in all your local grocery and office stores have probably given you an indication – if you hadn’t figured it out already – that it’s time to start thinking about school.  Which also makes it the perfect time to start thinking about how your local teachers will incorporate ag into their classrooms!

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation are pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Classroom grants.

Teachers are urged to apply for these (up to) $250 classroom grants to incorporate new and exciting agriculture related topics into their existing classrooms.   Additionally, four other special book grants are available for teachers to easily incorporate lessons tied to the Common Core Learning Standards, into their existing Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum.

“Our teacher grants are an added bonus for teachers looking to incorporate new and creative ideas into their classrooms during these financially challenging, school funding times,” said Kevin Daugherty, Education Director, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Teachers are urged to contact their local agriculture literacy coordinator for ideas and assistance in applying for their grants.  They may also contact IL Corn for ideas on how to incorporate specific information on corn or ethanol into their classrooms.

The 2014-15 Teacher Grant Applications can be found at, under Teacher Resources. 

More ideas for the classroom can be found on our website at under the “Education” drop down menu.

Each year, the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program reaches more than 60% of all attendance centers in the state of Illinois.  The IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm, funds the work of IAITC through generous contributors.   More IAITC program information can be found at  More information on how to support IAITC through the IAA Foundation can be found at