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Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Receives Local Donation


Members of the Montgomery County Board of Directors presents a check to Rebecca Livingston, Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator. (L to R) Brad Young, Rebecca Livingston and Joe Pope.

HILLSBORO, Ill. University of Illinois Extension Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom (AITC) was presented with a generous donation from Montgomery County Farm Bureau in Hillsboro. Rebecca Livingston, Montgomery County AITC Program Coordinator, stated, Montgomery County Farm Bureau supports our Ag in the Classroom program in so many ways. Members serve on our Agricultural Literacy Advisory Council, and the Womens Committee volunteers at programs and events in our county. The mission of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) is to teach Illinois children agricultures importance and the vital role it plays in their lives and society. IAITC supports local educational and outreach efforts by providing high quality, standards based, scientifically sound agriculture information that can be easily integrated by teachers into the existing classroom curriculum.

Katie Wilson, Montgomery County Farm Bureau Manager, stated, Montgomery County Farm Bureau understands the importance of educating youth about agriculture. Even though our county is very rural and farming is very prevalent, we realize that there are still students who have no exposure to livestock or row crops. We appreciate our county AITC program and wanted to support their efforts with this donation and keep educating kids about ag! Their support will allow us to educate students about the important role agriculture plays in our day-to-day lives and to excite the next generation with high-quality, hands-on educational experiences in agriculture to students and teachers in Montgomery County.