In 1981, the USDA established Agriculture in the Classroom, which has the endorsement of all living former Secretaries of Agriculture, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the National Conference of States Legislatures, most of the Governors of the States, and the major agricultural organizations and commodity groups. Significant progress has been made through these partnerships of agriculture, business, education, government and dedicated volunteers.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom was founded in 1982. In 1985, KFAC held the first summer graduate course for Kansas teachers, marking KFAC’s commitment to providing teachers with agricultural experiences, credible resources and standards-based, hands-on lesson plans. Through the years, KFAC has been able to offer opportunities for teachers and students alike, including the Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, “Be Ag-Wise” educational workshops and the Post Card Art contest.
Since 1982, six persons have served as the Administrator/Executive Director, and 10 individuals have served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Currently, the Board of Directors has 16 members, four of which represent the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas State Department of Education, and Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture and College of Education.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501(c)(3) organization.