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New Jersey Agriculture in the Classroom

Grants & Awards

New Jersey Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

2023 New Jersey Ag in the Classroom Teacher Award has been chosen!

Check back for updates on the application process for 2024.

New Jersey Farm Bureau Women's committee will honor a NJ teacher who emphasizes agricultural concepts across the various areas of study. Agriculture is an important part of everyone's life. Clothing, food, fuel, housing, medicine and much more are rooted in agriculture. Agricultural issues can support the teaching of many academic disciplines. We would like to honor educators across the state, who are effectively integrating agriculture into the classroom curriculum.

What is Ag in the classroom?

Agriculture in the classroom programs are implemented by state-operated programs. USDA Ag in the classroom supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy-awareness, knowledge, and appreciation among Pre-K to 12 teachers and their students.

The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education, and government.

Who is eligible for this award?

Certified teachers currently teaching any grade K-12th, and are integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula (i.e. reading, math, writing, science, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

How can applications be submitted?

Application can be completed and submitted to:

New Jersey Farm Bureau Ag Education Committee
c/o Tracy Duffield
444 McKinley Avenue
Pitman, NJ 08071

What are the criteria for selection?

Teachers must utilize agricultural information and/or materials within the classroom curriculum in an effort to assist in learning the importance of agriculture. Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, an understanding of agriculture's impact on personal lives, our national heritage, the environment, national security and the economy. Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.