The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee members attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conference called “Blooming in the Desert” June 20-24 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
During the conference, WLC members and more than 400 educations from around the country learned how to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, science, social studies and more. NAITCO, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food & Agriculture and Arizona Foundation for Agricultural Literacy, held three days of workshops that showed kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers how to use agriculture to teach core subject areas.
In addition, conference participants went on traveling workshops of nearby farms and university research facilities to learn about the fruit, vegetable and nursery production, among other stops.
The conference also honored several national teacher winners and a national Ag Advocate winner for the innovative ways they use agriculture to teach students about an important industry. The OKFB WLC sponsored conference registration for the 2016 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Amber Bales.
NAITCO is a non-profit organization representing most of the state Agriculture in the Classroom programs around the country. Its mission is to educate K-12 teachers and students about the importance of agriculture by providing them with materials, awards programs and a national conference that demonstrate how agriculture can be used to effectively teach core subject areas.