Longtime partners' contributions to Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program will help keep free learning resources available in Illinois schools.
Two long-standing contributors to agriculture literacy continued that support Tuesday at the Farm Progress Show with contributions to the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program.
COUNTRY Financial gave IAITC $100,000, while the Illinois Corn Checkoff program donated $90,000.
The funds support the distribution of free resources to urban and rural schools throughout Illinois. Last year, the program reached almost 650,000 students and 37,500 teachers.
“Each year IAITC looks for new ways to connect students to topics that are meaningful to their education, and relevant to agriculture,” said Kevin Daugherty, IAITC education director. “AITC helps provide local connections to not only food and fiber but also career links in traditional and emerging career areas of agriculture.”
COUNTRY received special recognition as the top industry contributor to IAITC.
“Our heritage is rooted in agriculture and our organization has long supported Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom,” said Lindsey Rinkenberger, COUNTRY agribusiness director. “We care because we know ag learning helps students appreciate how farmers feed our world.”
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) is the top commodity contributor to IAITC and has supported the program for the past 26 years.
“We are definitely supporters of youth education, and we’re pleased to put financial resources in the hands of people that are the boots on the ground in this effort,” said Jim Raben, ICMB immediate past chairman.