South Dakota Ag In the Classroom
Interested in visiting and speaking to 4th grade classrooms about agriculture, famring or agribusiness? Please use the contact information at the bottom of the page to lets us know!
Developmental approach: 4th grade lessons provide a basic introduction to agriculture. Lessons for 5th-8th grade will inspire an understanding of agriculture science and economics; safe food systems; agriculture career options; and rural community development.
State Wide: SDAITC educational opportunities are available to every school district, public and private, in South Dakota.
Curriculum: SDAITC curriculum is updated regularly as we recognize the ever-changing world of agriculture and agri-business. A team of agriculture educators write, review and approve curriculum. New curriculum is vetted through an Education Working Group and a pilot study before being released state-wide.
SDAITC Advisory Team:
Michelle Nelson-Careers and Tech Education
Bonnie Dybedahl-Educator, previously SD Farm Bureau
JaCee Aaseth-SD Department of Ag
Bjorn Nelson-Monsanto & President of SD Agribusiness
David Olilla-Sheep Field Specialist
Erica Boomsma-2019 SD Teacher of the Year
Kelly Brandlee- Riverview LLP
Cindy A Heidelberger-VP for Operations, Co-founder
Tim Olsen- Executive Director & SD Ag Liaison, Co-founder
Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD Agriculture in the Classroom is coordinated by the 501c(3) non-profit, Ground Works Midwest. The goal of SDAITC is to inspire students in grades 4-8 to become agriculture literate consumers and leaders as they become adults.