Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation celebrated its 25th Annual Meeting at an appropriate place--North Trail Elementary in Farmington.
Board directors, funders and stakeholders recently gathered to celebrate more than two decades of agricultural literacy. Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture commissioner, extended a special congratulations to the board on their success. MDA recognized Al Withers, program director, for his years of service to the board since its inception. Steve Geis, principal of North Trail Elementary also welcomed the board to their school. Erik Auge and one of his students spoke about the impact of the MAITC programs and how they utilize the curriculum in their school.
Charlene Klein, MAITC Foundation executive director, acknowledged all funder's, presenting awards to those organizations contributing 25 years of support including AgStar Financial Services, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Beef Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Crop Production Retailers, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association.
Elections were held for the board of directors and the new executive team was introduced. Jennifer Thatcher, CHS Foundation, will serve as board chair; vice chair is farmer Karolyn Zurn, Calloway; and secretary/treasurer is Karin Schaefer, Minnesota Farm Bureau.
Since its inception in 1985, the MAITC education program has been a unique public/private partnership. Currently, the program is based at MDA with financial and administrative support from the MAITC Foundation. The Foundation was formalized in July 2007.
For more information, please visit www.maitcfoundation.org.