Program overview

New York Agricultural Education & Outreach works in partnership with Cornell University, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Education Department to develop the next generation to meet the challenges facing agriculture and create a more agriculturally literate society. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. The agricultural literacy of teachers and students is paramount in our work to empower and build an innovative and engaged workforce.

Our programs

New York Agriculture in the Classroom

New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is an outreach program of Cornell University. Working with Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, NYAITC provides high-quality professional development, lessons, resources, and programs to inspire classroom teachers to use food and agriculture as a context for agriculture.  Our mission is to increase the agricultural literacy of the next generation with the hope that they will be able to understand and communicate the source and value of agriculture as it impacts our daily lives.

two young women doing lab work

Our programs

New York Agriculture Education and FFA

New York Agriculture Education and its professional organization, the NY Association of Agricultural Educators, promotes and improves the teaching of agriculture, as well as maintains and improves professional standards of agricultural educators at the middle and secondary levels. New York Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/laboratory instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience programs and student leadership through participation in the FFA. FFA is an intracurricular dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. FFA develops members’ potential by discovering their talents through hands-on experiences. FFA gives their members the tools to achieve real-world success.

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Our team

Jeremiah Best
Jeremiah Best

Extension Support Specialist, Educator New York Agriculture in the Classroom

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Jeremiah Best
Katie Carpenter
Katie Carpenter

Extension Support Specialist II, Director of New York Agriculture in the Classroom

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Katie Carpenter
Jessica Currie
Jessica Currie

Extension Support Specialist, FFA Program Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Jessica Currie
Nancy Grossman
Nancy Grossman

Program Assistant, Agricultural Education Outreach

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Nancy Grossman
Sarah Peavey Hale
Sarah Hale

Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture Education Program Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Sarah Hale
Derek Hill
Derek Hill

Extension Support Specialist II, Director of New York FFA

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Derek Hill
Terry Hughes
Terry Hughes

Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture Education Recruitment and Retention Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Terry Hughes
shari lighthall
Shari Lighthall

Extension Associate, Director of Agricultural Education Outreach

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Shari Lighthall
Catie Rowe
Catie Rowe

Extension Support Specialist, Agriculture Education Program Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Catie Rowe