University of Illinois Extension would like to welcome Samantha Smoode to the Marshall-Putnam Ag in the Classroom Community Worker position. She is a graduate of Illinois State University in Agriculture Business. She is also a Putnam County native, graduating from Putnam County High School. As a PC Progressors 4-H Community Club alumni and a former FFA member, she is excited to fill this position. Growing up in Putnam County, she has fond memories of the Ag in the Classroom program and is excited to share the program's activities with local youth.

The Ag in the Classroom program provides supplemental classroom education programs for teachers in grades pre-K through 8th about agriculture and its many benefits and products used in our daily lives. The programs are fun, hands-on, and meet state standards. Samantha will be working from the Marshall-Putnam Extension Office to provide this program to local schools. She is available to make accommodations for classrooms with Zoom lessons, pre-recorded lessons, or multi-session lessons. For an updated program book and winter newsletter, visit our AITC website, https://extension.illinois.edu/blmp/ag-classroom. You can also reach Samantha through email, smoode@illinois.edu or at the Extension office, 309-364-2356. She looks forward to hearing from you and fulfilling your program needs!

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at https://extension.illinois.edu/blmp

If you have questions or need more information, please call University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please indicate when registering or contact the Extension office. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.