Agriculture in the Classroom is a free, educational program designed for 3-6th grade students in Peoria County. Rooted in Science, our 30 minute lessons are IL Standards-Based and offer exposure to America’s food and fiber system.

A New School Year, Coordinator and Topics!

It is a great time to be a part of Illinois Agriculture.   Peoria County’s Ag in the Classroom Program is reaching over 250 teachers, educating over 4000 students in our county and celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial.   The Ag in the Classroom’s ten dedicated volunteers are excited for a new year in the classroom and the opportunity to build strong relationships with the students and teachers in Peoria County through agriculture.  It is a privilege to join the Peoria County Farm Bureau and lead this talented group of volunteers who are determined to make a difference in our community.

Teaching agriculture has been a passion of mine since serving as an Area II FFA officer in high school which provided opportunities to build relationships with students in my county through local agricultural programs.  I grew up on a diversified farm in north central Missouri raising beef cattle, hogs, horses, dogs, and growing corn and soybeans.   I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Agriculture Economics.  My husband is an engineer at Caterpillar and we have lived in North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.  We have four children and reside in Dunlap. We spend most of our vacations helping my parents on their farm in Missouri.  The past few years I have been a substitute teacher for the Dunlap School District.  While subbing in the Dunlap schools, I was introduced to the Peoria County AITC program and had the chance to see first-hand how excited the students were in discovering all the aspects of agriculture in their community.   They enthusiastically participated and always had more questions than the volunteer had time to answer.  It has been a goal to get back to teaching and sharing agriculture in my community.  I look forward to the school year and continuing to grow the Peoria County AITC program.  

We have an impressive line-up of topics for the school year. The topics will include hands-on experiments and interactive lessons as we teach students the importance of where their food comes from and about Illinois’ largest industry.   Please search for us on facebook @AITCPeoriaCounty to stay up to date on the program throughout the year. 

We are kicking off the new school year with Illinois’ #1 agricultural product, Corn.  Students in Peoria County cannot travel very far without seeing a corn field; however, do they realize that not all corn is the same?  September’s presentation will show the students the differences between field corn, sweet corn and popcorn. Students will see and hear how each type is grown, harvested and what each is actually used for in this state and around the world. Students will have the chance to view the differences between corn seeds, the bag they are packaged in for planting, and a few of the diverse products made from corn.  Students will have the opportunity to experiment with cornstarch suspension and its unique characteristics.

With the continued dedication of our volunteers and the overwhelming support from our members the program will continue to grow and reach more students in Peoria County.  If you would like to get involved with the Peoria County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom program as a volunteer or have the program come to your school please contact the Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Jennifer Glover at agcoordinator.peoriacounty@gmail.com