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The Agriculture in the Classroom Program

Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated nationwide by the United States Department of Agriculture and in Illinois by the Illinois Farm Bureau. These entities work to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society.

The goal of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program is to help students better understand agriculture, so they can become educated consumers with the ability to make informed decisions about issues dealing with the agricultural industry.

Sangamon County Farm Bureau's Role in Agriculture Education

The Sangamon County Farm Bureau makes every effort to support the AITC program. One way to achieve this goal is to support the Sangamon-Menard Agriculture Education Partnership, or SMAEP. SMAEP is an organization that was formed by multiple entities in Sangamon and Menard counties, including the Sangamon County Farm Bureau, who saw the need for agriculture education. These entities joined efforts to hire an agriculture literacy coordinator to carry out the AITC programs and educate students in Sangamon and Menard counties about agriculture. SMAEP now consists of a Board of Directors, one from each of the founding organizations as well as the Ag Literacy Coordinator to carryout educational programs and supply educators with agricultural learning materials.

As we are continuing to develop this site, please return at a later date to see information on lesson plans, grants, programs and free educational materials available to any educator!

To contact the Ag Literacy Coordinator, please call (217)753-4611 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.