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 will be available statewide to every school district through technology.
Curriculum: SDAITC curriculum will be updated regularly as we recognize the ever-changing world of agriculture and agribusiness. A team of agriculture educators review and approve curriculum.
Pilot: New curriculum is vetted through 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
Marsha Kucker-SDAITC State Contact & Educator
Cindy H Larson-Supreme Mushroom Pizza Lover & Dog Aficionado
Tim Olsen- Executive Director & SD Ag Liaison
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.