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Decades of Corn Talk

Eric Lawler is simply "amaizing." For more than two decades he's been talking about corn in the classroom. Armed with a bushel basket full of corn-related materials and a lesson, Eric Lawler visits elementary schools to help grow young minds and share kernels of knowledge. “It’s important to get in front of ...read more

A Continued AITC Family Tradition

“My sister and I went to school here. When we were here, it was surrounded by cornfields,” Susan Deihs informed a class of eager fourth grade students. Susan and her sister, Kathy Stice, gave Ag in the Classroom (AITC)  presentations at Southeast Elementary School in Sycamore, the same school they attended ...read more

An “Uncornventional” Education

In February, nearly 3,300 first through fourth grade students throughout DeKalb County experienced unique, hands-on lessons through Ag in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. The presentations, delivered by volunteer farmers, agriculture professionals, and FFA members, focused on assorted aspects of ag including corn, dairy, and Illinois agriculture products. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has ...read more

Stray Kernels – Arm-twisting & Gratitude

January and February are intense months for me. Not gonna lie—sometimes my heart sinks when I think of all that needs to be accomplished during these months. Reaching 3,000+ elementary kids with meaningful Ag in the Classroom (AITC) experiences is a hefty project with many moving parts. Promoting the program to ...read more

AITC Backstage

Before Ag in the Classroom presentations get underway, an awful lot of behind-the-scenes work takes place. There is a different AITC presentation for each 1st-4th grade level and each presentation is designed to be as engaging and hands-on as possible. First graders plant corn and soybean seeds and learn how and ...read more

Thankful for Thank-Yous

We love receiving notes of gratitude at Farm Bureau, especially from children. Students often share with us what they've learned after a farm field trip or classroom presentation. Here's a look at some thank-yous that made us smile.

Exploring STEM Careers

“I didn’t know I can be a graphic designer AND work in agriculture.” –Alex “I want to be an animal nutritionist because I like science and math.” –Vanessa These are just two of the responses generated by 460 students who recently experienced “Exploring STEM Careers in Agriculture” lessons. The presentations were conducted in ...read more

Travelling Farm Finds a New Home

After almost three decades, the Traveling Farm is traveling to a new home. In October of 1990, the DeKalb County Ag in the Classroom News & Notes newsletter announced the availability of a Traveling Farm with this description: “The Traveling Farm consists of four buildings, a barn, a farmhouse, a machine shed, ...read more

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

FFA members explore several agricultural careers During the Career Day in November, keynote speaker Katie Pratt asked participants to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Then she took it further by challenging the students to ponder how they would answer the question without naming ...read more

101 Ways to Learn About Agriculture

Got books… about agriculture? If you’re in a school library in DeKalb County, you do! This year’s book donations to area schools bring the total donated to over 100 titles since 2002. Ninety-nine books, three ag-related magazines, and eight videos, to be exact. As always, local sponsors make the donations of ag-related ...read more