Our Agriculture in the Classroom program provides valuable resources for teachers and students in Polk County. The goal of the program is to encourage educators to teach students about Iowa agriculture while meeting math, science, social studies, and language arts benchmarks. Through creative lessons, fieldtrips, and hands-on projects students can learn about agriculture's role in Iowa's history, where our food comes from, and how technology continues to impact agriculture in our state.
Agriculture in the Classroom(AITC) is a national program of the USDA and administered in Iowa by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The mission of AITC is to help students in grades K-12 acquire the knowledge needed to become agriculturally literate. The program’s objective is to encourage educators to teach about our food and fiber system and the role of agriculture in our economy and society.
The main goal of Polk County’s Ag in the Classroom program is to inspire and make it easier for educators to teach students about Iowa agriculture while meeting math, science, social studies, and language arts benchmarks. Through creative lessons, hands-on projects, and programs that integrate technology students can learn about agriculture’s role in Iowa’s history, where our food comes from, conservation, and how technology continues to impact agriculture in our state. We hope to inspire teachers to spark students’ curiosity and wonder about agriculture.
For more information contact:
Polk County Farm Bureau
Polk County Farm Bureau is looking for a highly motivated student for a summer internship working with the county'’'s Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC). One of the intern'’'s primary responsibilities will be working with the Learning Test Plot Project, a program that enables Des Moines area schools to grow 30 x 30 plots of corn and soybeans on school grounds to help students learn about Iowa agriculture and plant science. The intern will be responsible for maintaining the plots, taking weekly pictures, at gathering data at the plots. The intern will work with the AITC Program Director to design PowerPoint presentations that document the growth of each school’s crops, promote the project through social media, and develop new educational resources to compliment the project. In addition, the intern will help to update the AITC database, assist with summer programs, and develop other agriculture resources for teachers.
Requirements: Well qualified candidates will possess knowledge and experience in agriculture, and preferably have experience working with youth and planning educational activities. The education intern must speak and write well and enjoy working outdoors. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and passion for agriculture are a must. Because independent work will be required, the intern must be a self-starter and comfortable solving problems independently. Personal transportation is required, but the intern will be reimbursed for mileage from the Ankeny Farm Bureau office to schools.
Duration: Summer (approximately 15 weeks, 35 hours/week) with part time hours available in late spring and fall to help with planting and harvest activities at the Learning Test Plot schools. Opportunities exist for flexibility in schedule and duration. Please call for details.
To apply, please mail or email resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to:
Agriculture in the Classroom Program Director
Polk County Farm Bureau
300 S.E. Delaware
Ankeny, IA 50021
An innovative program that connects students with farmers and ag industry professionals without leaving the classroom
Since 2007, more than 4,000 students have planted and harvested crops at metro-area schools while learning about Iowa agriculture.
Ag in the Classroom fieldtrips to destinations like ISU’s Bio Century Research Farm offer unique learning opportunities for students.
Summer interns learn about ag literacy through hands-on experience presenting programs and developing resources for teachers.
Given each year to a school or teacher based on their participation in the Ag in the Classroom program.
Through presentations at the Iowa State Fair and other events, Ag in the Classroom goes beyond schools to teach about agriculture.