State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Illinois

State Contact

Mr. Kevin Daugherty
Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement
1701 Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61702
P: 309.557.3334

Classroom Resources

Too numerous to mention. However, we made continued efforts with our State Farm to School Network and helped facilitate the third annual 2017 Great Apple Crunch Day. The posters, social media and web traffic helped encourage more apples in schools.

awarded $607,500 in county AITC grants

New Ag Mags: Seasons, Wheat, Polliinator, Pork,, Pumpkin, Corn

Posters: Pollinators, Pumpkin, Apple Crunch, Commodity,

Hosted 23 County Grant Workshops, 52 Pre Service Workshops, 28 Weeklong Summer Ag Institutes and a combined Classroom/Consumer Event.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Continued efforts in making AITC easily integrated into County Membership, Promotions, and Legislative Areas. Working specifically with our Illinois Farm Families program linking consumers to farmers.

Provided 1,430 hours of Professional Development to teachers across the state.

61 City of Chicago Teachers participated in our Adopt a Classroom program.

Continued efforts to measure student and teacher perceptions and retention of AITC Efforts using Summer Ag Institute and Pre-Post Data.

Continue releasing new materials that are sensitive to gender, race and impairments.

Continued to offer Graduate Credit for our Summer Agricultural Institutes through our unique partnership with Illinois Universities including Northern, Eastern, Southern, Aurora, Quincy College and Parkland Community College

Provided training, resources and presentation to 40,639 teachers across the state

52 Pre Service Workshops conducted for 1,144 Pre-Service Teachers.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

84% of Summer Ag Institute Graduates incorporate Agriculture into lessons on a daily or weekly basis AFTER Attending an intensive training course on agriculture.

79% of Illinois teachers who have completed a Summer Agriculture Institute list environment as the top agriculture topic taught in classrooms. Followed by corn (73%), water (70%) apples(68%),Natural Resources (67%), Soil (66%), Soybeans (64%) and Pumpkins (60%), plants (59%), and Conservation (55%).

99% of IL Teachers Strongly Agree or Agree that Illinois Learning standards and or Common Core/Next Generation Science Standards can be met through incorporating Agriculture, and that Agriculture enhances the curriculum. 99% believe that agriculture can be taught in any subject area, and that agriculture fits the needs of elementary students. 88% of our teachers strongly DISAGREE with the statement there is no future in Agriculture, and 98% agree and strongly agree that agriculture has a skilled, highly trained work force.

In pre-post questions after our intensive training courses, teachers have an attitudinal shift of 34% to the positive (56% pre, 90% post) in the statement that farmers and ranchers are computer literate and a 26% increase (73.% pre, 99% post) in the question about farmers providing safe foods.

97% of our teachers believe that students benefit greatly from learning more about agriculture.

97% of teachers surveyed plan on teaching various careers related to agriculture after learning more about those careers compared to 35% pre-survey. (62 point increase)


Kevin Daugherty is the Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) is a program that provides educational resources, training and support for classroom teachers throughout the state related to agriculture. Through this program IAITC strives to increase understanding of the food and fiber system for teachers and students across the state. The program also works to make agriculture advocates of students, teachers and parents. IAITC began correlating to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in 2013. Kevin served as the 2003-2004 President of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium of State Contacts, (Now National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization) Kevin and the Illinois AITC Program hosted the 2001 National AITC Conference in Chicago, and co-hosted the 2009 National AITC Conference in St. Louis. He currently serves as the NAITC Committee Chair for National Conferences.

Kevin has been with Illinois Farm Bureau® since April of 2000. Prior to joining the Farm Bureau® staff he had experience in publishing, training and development and as an award winning junior high history teacher in central Illinois.

A native of Oakland, Illinois Daugherty holds a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois, and a MS in Adult Education from Eastern Illinois University. He and his wife, Katherine, have three children and live in LeRoy, Illinois, where he serves as President of the LeRoy CUSD #2 Board of Education.