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The history of ag in our education system has evolved from being an integral part of every student’s life to being studied only as a specialty for those who want to go into farming.  Kevin Daugherty, Ag in the Classroom coordinator, will tell us how educating students and teachers about the interlocking role farming has on food and fiber production makes a positive impact on our future.

Kevin Daugherty became Illinois Farm Bureau Education Manager in April 2000.  In that role he is responsible for the IFB Board’s Expansion Plan for Agriculture in the Classroom.  He was named Education Director June 1, 2009.

Teacher Training heads the priorities for Ag in the Classroom.  Kevin directs his staff’s involvement with over40 week long Summer Ag Institutes per year, workshops & exhibits for teacher conferences, and workshops for pre-service teachers at universities throughout the state.

Kevin also directs development of classroom resources for County Farm Bureau use with teachers including Ag Mags, teacher newsletters, teacher resource guides, and the http://www.agintheclassroom.org website.  Agriculture in the Classroom volunteer training, program evaluation, and networking round out Kevin’s responsibilities.

Kevin was elected President of the USDA Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium for 2004.  He also serves on the Governor-appointed Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education.

Kevin came to Illinois Farm Bureau following 10 years as a classroom teacher and work as a marketing and implementation specialist for an educational materials publishing company.  He holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Technology with focus on human resources and training from EasternIllinoisUniversity.  He and his wife, Katherine-the Senior Marketing Research Analyst for GROWMARK, and their three children live in LeRoy, where he is active in church and serves as President of the LeRoy School Board.