History of the AITC

Throughout much of the history of the United States, agriculture and education have been closely related. During the decades when most Americans lived on farms or in small towns, students often did farm chores before and after school. Indeed, the school year was determined by planting, cultivating, and harvesting schedules. Old school books are full of agricultural references and examples because farming and farm animals were a familiar part of nearly every child's life.  Read More


The IFB Member Services & Public Relations Division Education Manager is responsible for development and implementation of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Program. IFB budget covers expenses including staff, office, travel, printing, postage and supplies for the program. The IAITC Program Council works in conjunction with the IAITC Education Manager to develop a program of work that is approved by the IAA Foundation Trustees. The IAA Foundation funding continues to make many of the teacher and student programs as well as materials available to county Farm Bureaus, county Agriculture Literacy coordinators and others at no cost. View Report

National AITC Program

Agriculture in the Classroom programs are implemented by state operated programs. USDA Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy — awareness, knowledge, and appreciation — among PreK-12 teachers and their students.
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