A big congrats goes out to Camden Middle School fifth grade mathematics and science teacher Brianne Willson. Willson earned a scholarship to attend this year’s National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine.

The Rome Daily Sentinel reports New York Agriculture in the Classroom has dedicated scholarship funding to provide 60 New York teachers the opportunity to attend the conference about teaching food and agriculture in the classroom. The scholarship is valued at more than $1,200 for each winner. Willson has been selected to represent Oneida County during the NAITC Conference.

“Education is the key to helping our agriculture industry thrive. We need to educate people on where their products come from, the process they go through to get to them, and the benefits of those products,” Willson said. “We also need to educate consumers on all that is done to ensure that agriculture products are safe for consumption.”"

Fifty-one teachers, including Willson at Camden Middle School, eight Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and one post-secondary administrator were awarded scholarships.

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