Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a national program with the mission to "increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education." An agriculturally literate person is defined as "one who understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life." Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) programs seek to improve student achievement by applying authentic, agricultural-based content as the context to teach core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts and nutrition. AITC was formally organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1981 and currently serves as a communications clearing house among state programs. All state programs are independent of the national association and programs differ from state to state. Learn more about the AITC on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website.
Washington Agriculture In the Classroom (WAIC) was organized by volunteers in 1983 as a nonprofit organization. The volunteer WAIC Board oversees all WAIC activities and finances, including the Ag@School magazine distribution, teacher outreach and funding promotion. The WAIC office is located in Lacey in the Farm Bureau building.
Membership is open to all who are interested in the survival of U.S. agriculture. WAIC is funded entirely by donations and grants from individuals, organizations, businesses and commodity commissions. Your annual donation allows WAIC to continue providing agriculture related educational materials free of charge. If you are interested in sponsoring the work of an agricultural literate society, consider sponsoring our program today with a donation.