Meet Our Ag Lady

Susie Willard is the
Ag Literacy Coordinator for
Vermilion County Farm Bureau.


Susie retired in 2011 from Liberty Elementary School in Danville after a 35 year teaching career. She and her husband Mark farm in the Rossville area.
She conducts classroom presentations, organizes teacher workshops, and reviews materials in our Ag Kit library.
In 2016 she was named the AISWCD K-8 Teacher of the Year!
If you have any questions, you can contact them via email at or call the Farm Bureau at 217-442-8713.

2017-18 School Year Presentations


Who Grew My Soup?

The Incredible Egg

Soil & Gardens

Michelle Lawhorn Named AITC Teacher of the Year

Michelle Lawhorn, 1st grade teacher at Mark Denman Elementary in Danville, received the Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award. She takes her class of urban students to a farm every year so they can know about farming and where their food comes from. She's shown receiving her award from Ag Literacy Coordinator Susie Willard.

Previous AITC Teachers of the Year
2016 - Mandy Mourer, Northest Magnet Elem, Danville

2015 - Lisa Witsman, Judith Giacoma Elementary, Westville
2014 - Kathy Carmody, East Park Elementary, Danville
2013 - Lisa Unzicker, Northeast Magnet Elem, Danville
2012 - Diana Pratt, Danville Lutheran School, Danville
2011 - Carol Finley, Bismarck-Henning Elem, Bismarck
2010 - Kammie Richter, Oakwood Jr High, Oakwood

Ag in the Classroom is a one of the biggest programs conducted by the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

Through Ag in the Classroom, teachers have access to free materials, lesson plans, classroom presentations and access to thematic learning kits.

​​ Vermilion County Farm Bureau
  Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918