Chemistry Teacher Wins EITAA Award
Carrie Sue Edenfield, a chemistry and agriculture biotechnology instructor at Hardee Senior High School in Wauchula in Hardee County, has won FAITC's Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for the high school level and the overall Florida winner. To learn more about Edenfield and the other Florida teacher winner for this year, Click Here .

Important Dates
March 3 - Deadline for CHS scholarship applications to NAITCO Conference. For more info,  Click Here.

March 17 - Deadline for FAITC Volunteer Grant applications. For more info, Click Here .

April 18  - Deadline to register for materials if reading on Florida Agriculture Literacy Day

May 2  - Florida Agriculture Literacy Day. For more info, Click Here

June 1-2  - Summer School Garden Workshop, State Fairgrounds, Hillsborough County.

June 13-14  - Summer School Garden Workshop, Johnson Wales University, Miami-Dade County.

June 20-23  - National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. For more info, Click Here .
2016 Annual Report
FAITC reached 8,000 teachers and 214,000 students in Florida K-12 classrooms with its programs in 2016. To learn more about FAITC's performance last year,  Click Here.

'Gardening for Nutrition' Webinars 
FAITC, in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, created two 'Gardening for Nutrition' webinars. There is one for the Kindergarten through second grade lessons and one for third through fifth grade lessons. To view, Click Here.

Volunteer Grant Deadline Fast Approaching   
   Non-profit organizations with projects that educate K-12 students about the source of their food, fiber and fuel are in luck. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is once again offering its Volunteer Grants program. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 17.
   Farm Bureau offices, Extension offices, 4-H programs and other non-profit organizations and governmental agencies are eligible. To learn more about the program and download an application,  Click Here.
   Teachers are not eligible for Volunteer Grants. But they are eligible for Teacher Grants and School Garden Mini Grants, which will be available August 1.
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day
May 2
   Florida K-12 teachers and agriculture industry volunteers interested in educating students about agriculture are encouraged to participate in Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Tuesday, May 2.
   This year's book, Drive Through Florida: Aquaculture and Seafood, is the third in a series of non-fiction books tied to Florida educational standards that emphasize reading for content by describing the many aquaculture species raised and caught in the Sunshine State.
   The book's red truck mascot 'Ole Red' and his new friend 'Bobby Boat' takes students on an aquatic tour in and around the state.
   To learn more about Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, Click Here. Readers are expected to schedule their classroom visits, and are asked to schedule those visits before they order materials. Registration for materials, which includes one book for the teacher and one bookmark and sticker per student, will become available on FAITC's website in late February.

Summer School Garden 
Two-Day Workshops
   FAITC and its partners have scheduled two two-day workshops this summer for formal and informal teachers interested in learning how to use school gardens and agricultural approaches as teaching tools.
   Summer School Garden Workshops, June 1-2, at Florida State Fairgrounds in Hillsborough County and June 13-14 at Johnson and Wales University in Miami-Dade County. Most meals, educational resources and gardening supplies for hands-on activities included in the $30 registration fee. Teachers who attend are eligible for 12 professional development points. For more info, Click Here.
Teacher Can Apply for 
'Show Me Agriculture' Awards
   Florida general education teachers who use agriculture in innovative ways to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and more can apply for a scholarship to cover registration for the  2017 National Agriculture in the Classroom's Conference 'Show Me Agriculture' in Kansas City, MO June 20-23.
   CHS Foundation, Inc. is once again offering to pay for the registrations for K-12 teachers from around the country to attend the national conference. To learn more about the opportunity and to apply for a scholarship, Click Here. The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, March 3. To learn more about the national conference,  Click Here.
Commissioner Putnam Launches Educational Video Series: The Science of Cooking
     Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has launched an educational video series titled "The Science of Cooking" to engage fifth- to eighth-grade students in the science in daily activities, such as cooking. The six videos shift back and forth between a chef cooking a kid-friendly recipe that features Florida-grown products and a chemist who describes the science behind cooking. The science involves basic chemistry concepts that align with the Florida State Standards. For more info, Click Here.

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