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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

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A Unique Public/Private Partnership

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) has a long-standing working relationship with the state's agriculture and education communities. Established in 1985, the program exists as a unique public/private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the MAITC Foundation. While program staff is based at the Department, funds to allow for the development, printing and marketing of educational materials and programs are raised and managed by the Foundation. This successful collaboration has garnished the program important credibility and continuity within the state's education community while consistently being able to offer free educational resources to a myriad of audiences wanting to immerse themselves in learning about agriculture, food and natural resources.

MAITC Foundation Board of Directors

Erica Sawatzke, Agricultural Producer, Callaway

Vice Chair

Ahnna Compart, Compeer Financial, Nicollet


Miles Kuschel, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Sebeka

Immediate Past Chair

Kari Schwab, Minnesota Agricultural Educational Leadership Council MAELC

  • Lori Cox, Roots Return Heritage Farm, Carver
  • Jenna Davis, Midwest Dairy Association, Buffalo
  • Katie Davis, MN Beef Council, Maple Plain
  • Mary Kay Delvo, INspringSITE
  • Dr. Steven Geis, North Trail Elementary, Farmington
  • Joshua Kukowski, Minnetonka Schools, Waconia
  • Shelly Sschell, Zoetis, Altura
  • Glen Schmidt, MN Farmers Union
  • Kari Schwab, MN Ag Eduction Leadership Council, St Paul
  • Gretta Tank, U of MN-Twin Cities, Cottage Grove
  • Jen Wagner-Lahr, AURI
  • Tom Walsh, Riverview Dair LLP, DeGraff
  • Scott Winslow, MN Corn Growers, Foundation
Ex-Officio Directors
  • Juleah Tolosky, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Paul Huginin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
MAITC Foundation Executive Director

Ann Marie Ward
P.O. Box 987
Bemidji MN 56619