(June 24, 10:29 a.m.) More than 500 educators from across the U.S. and other countries will come together for the 2008 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Orange County, Calif., to focus on agriculture education.

The four-day conference begins June 25 in Costa Mesa, Calif. It will offer opportunities for educators to enhance their lessons by drawing inspiration from the nation’s leading agriculture state, according to a news release.

Teachers, nutritionists, administrators, farm bureau representatives and school garden coordinators will learn to integrate experiential learning in their classrooms and communities.

Highlights will include workshops, trainings and guest speakers, such as California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura.

The conference will also feature agriculture tours throughout Southern California.

Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated in every state and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, and in their own health and well-being, according to the release.