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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

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