MANHATTAN - Early-bird registration for the second annual Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) summer conference opened on Thursday.

The conference will take place June 1 at the Salina Bicentennial Center in Salina. It's open to all K-12 educators, FFA advisors and students, extension educators, county farm bureau and conservation district volunteers and those with an interest in agriculture in the classroom.

Registration can be done at the KFAC website by visiting www.ksagclassroom.org. Registration dates and costs are as follows:

• Early Bird - $50 by Feb. 19

• Regular - $65 by April 19

• Late - $75 by June 1 (must register by May 24 for full refund)

This year's conference, "Education: Rooted in Agriculture," will feature children's book author Peggy Thomas as the keynote speaker. Thomas has penned several children's books about presidents in agriculture, including "Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation" and "Farmer George Plants a Nation."

In addition to the keynote speaker, educators from across Kansas will present interactive workshop sessions on activities and lessons that use agriculture to teach science, math, social studies and language-arts concepts.

The conference will serve as a professional development event for Kansas educators and will provide the option to purchase continuing-education credits through Kansas State University Global Campus.

To register for the conference or to learn more about it, visit www.ksagclassroom.org or call the KFAC office at (785) 320-4350.

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