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Ag Literacy

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

Ambassadors Serve as Ag Advocates

Part of the job of ag literacy is connecting with teachers. But how can we effectively reach over 1,000 busy educators? Mailings, emails, social media, and websites all play an important role. However, nothing beats making personal connections. That’s where the Ag Literacy Ambassadors come in. Ten years ago DeKalb County ...read more

Farm Field Trip is a Fall Favorite

For many Sycamore students, the annual 8th grade Farm Field Trip is the first time they step foot on a farm. With a growing disconnect between farming and food, the field trip is as important now as it was when it started 18 years ago. Nearly 300 Sycamore students and a ...read more

Family & Farming at Sycamore Ag Night

Traffic slows at the sight of a 16-foot-tall combine parked downtown Sycamore. It is part of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce’s Tuesdays on the Town – Family Ag Night. This local event occurs annually in September and features ag-themed activities, machinery, and livestock provided by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and ...read more

No Vacation for Education

Ag Literacy teaches children where their food comes from. As much as we hate to say it, summer is quickly coming to a close. School is back in session which means bedtime routines return, daily schedules reappear, and summer days become memories. As much as we adults say that summer went way too fast, ...read more

The Shape of Agriculture

Teachers connect ag to social lessons Twenty area teachers started their summer break back in the classroom—the Center for Agriculture auditorium, that is—as they participated in Farm Bureau’s 19th Summer Ag Institute (SAI). The theme for this year’s course, “Teaching Social Studies through Agriculture,” was designed to help teachers explore ways to ...read more

A Place(mat) for Agriculture at the Table

You sit down to eat in a local restaurant. On the table in front of you is a brightly-colored placemat illustrating connections between food and farms. You examine the drawing and marvel at the artist’s knowledge and creativity. If this has happened to you, you’re one of several thousand people who ...read more

DeKalb Students Experience Ag History Expo

DeKalb County has a history as rich as its soil. From barbed wire to the winged ear, DeKalb County history revolves around agriculture. There is no better way to teach students about local history than to give them a hands-on approach to inventions and innovations that shaped our county. Nearly 600 ...read more

Birth of New Knowledge

It was a busy day at the Adams farm. Three busloads of elementary kids were scheduled to visit, and two pregnant cows were due to calve. On a chilly day in April, Alan and JoAnn Adams, their sons Ross and Jeremiah, and daughter-in-law Jessie welcomed to their farm six classes of ...read more

Out of the Field & Into the Classroom

In February, over 3,000 first through fourth grade students experienced agriculture within their own classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. Thanks to over 100 volunteers from throughout DeKalb County, these students learned about corn, cows, and so much more! AITC offers different agriculture lessons tailored to ...read more