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NYAITC's Teacher of the Year

Each year, we celebrate an outstanding New York teacher who uses agricultural literacy materials and/or activities in the classroom to such an extent as to merit statewide recognition. Winning teachers receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held in a different location in the United States each year. The 2019 winner will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Schoolyard Sugaring: A Maple Contest

A partnership between the New York State Maple Foundation and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, this contest’s goal is to connect students with maple syrup producers in order for them to learn about the product, which is unique to our region. Classrooms compete to learn the process and produce their own syrup for judging.
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Top Cut: A Beef Contest

Thanks to a partnership with the New York Beef Council, this contest serves to educate middle and high school students about beef production, nutrition, and marketing. This contest allows students to explore beef in a hands-on manner by creating and marketing their very own product.
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Educator Beef Tours

In collaboration with the New York Beef Council, New York Agriculture in the Classroom offers an exciting food system training for teacher across the state with the "Meat Your Beef" Tours.
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Kids Growing Food

Kids Growing Food prides itself on connecting kids to agriculture through growing food at school. This mini-grant program provides New York educators with financial start-up funds and educational tools that help integrate knowledge of the food and fiber system into the classroom.
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High Tunnels in Schools

A partnership between Cornell University's Department of Horticulture and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, the project's goal is to explore how high tunnels in school gardens can maximize garden-based learning and agricultural literacy activities.
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Agricultural Literacy Week

Each year NYAITC selects one book on an agricultural topic which represents a sector of New York's vast agricultural industries. The book is read by over one thousand volunteers to tens of thousands of students. The program promotes the understanding and appreciation of our state's food and fiber system.
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I NY Agriculture Art Contest

The I NY Agriculture Art Contest is a great way for students to explore agriculture and the food system and to meet the New York State Learning Standards in your classroom. Students learn more about where food comes from and why it is important that they understand agriculture in New York State as part of this art and writing contest. 
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Educator Workshops

NYAITC offers workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers, extension and other community educators, partners, and volunteers. We work with educators to integrate curriculum using agricultural literacy activities, lessons, and resources to support science, social studies, language arts, and math learning. Coming soon: webinars!
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