Outstanding Teacher

The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Ag-in-the-Classroom program will honor an Arkansas teacher that integrates the concepts of agriculture into non-agricultural curricula. Agriculture is an important part of everyone’s life, and is the largest industry in Arkansas. The concepts and issues of agriculture can support the teaching of many academic disciplines. This award was created to recognize and honor an educator in Arkansas for efforts and achievements in teaching students the importance of agriculture.

Who is eligible?
Any certified teacher currently engaged in classroom instruction at the Pre-K through 12 levels who is integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula is encouraged to apply. Prior winners of this award are ineligible for future awards under this program.

What are the criteria for selection?
Teachers must utilize agricultural information and/or materials within the classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture while also mastering required educational standards. Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, understanding agriculture’s impact on personal lives, the environment, the economy, our national heritage, and national security. Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

More about the Award 
The teacher selected will receive a $1000 stipend as well as a scholarship to attend the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to be held in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 28- July 1, 2022. The scholarship will cover the teacher’s full registration, lodging, travel and meals. 

Application Process
Self-nominations as well as nominations from school faculty, community leaders, or parents are invited. Applications must be submitted by certified mail postmarked no later than March 15, 2023 to the address listed below:

Matt Jackson
Director of Education & Outreach
Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
P. O. Box 31
Little Rock, AR 72203-0031

Download the Official Letter & Nomination Form