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Ag Literacy

Creating Cover Designs

The pandemic prevented many programs, but it didn’t stop DeKalb County Farm Bureau from offering a design contest for elementary students. This year marked the 31st year of a contest that has challenged children to illustrate their farm knowledge. Over the years, the contest has involved the design of posters, t-shirts, placemats, ...read more

FARM Bags Available Through Summer

A popular monthly program that got its start in September of 2020 is continuing this summer. The FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags featured a dairy cow theme for June and will focus on water in July and pigs in August. Elementary classrooms, public library patrons, and homeschool families have ...read more

Kernels of Knowledge

New Corn Display Debuts at SMS Science Olympiad Farm Bureau staff recently made an appearance at the first in-person ag literacy event in over a year when they participated in Sycamore Middle School’s Science Olympiad.The event featured several interactive, science-focused learning stations which students could visit to explore a variety of ...read more

Teacher Feature – Amanda Hofmann

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: 1st and 2ndSubjects: All subjectsNumber of years teaching: 5Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have used AgriLearning Kits for the past 4 years, I teach and participate in Ag in the Classroom, and I was the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my ...read more

Teacher Feature – Kara Poynter

Teaching School:  Sycamore High School Grades:  8 - 12 Subjects:  Agriculture Sciences Number of years teaching:  18 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been a Farm Bureau member for years and when I became a teacher I connected my students to the Farm Bureau through Ag in the Classroom presentations, co-hosting the 8th Grade Farm ...read more

Agricultural Experiences for Educators

Local, state, and national professional development opportunities for teachers LOCAL DeKalb County Summer Ag Institute: Teaching about WATER(Water, Agriculture, Technology, and Environmental Resources) About Our very lives depend on clean, safe, reliable sources of water. How do farmers and the larger agricultural industry work to protect water quality and use water efficiently while growing ...read more

Teaching Agriculture

Jenna Baker is a first year ag teacher at Tri-Point High School in Cullom, Illinois. Jenna attributes her Leland farm background and ag classes taken at Somonauk High School for her ag teaching career path. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership & Science Education from the University of Illinois ...read more

Revisiting mAGic

Multidisciplinary AGricultural Integrated Curriculum Lesson Upgrades First came the AgriScience kits In the early 1990’s, DeKalb County Farm Bureau obtained a set of AgriScience Kits for use in the classroom. Focused on topics like dairy farming, mathematics in agriculture, and renewable resources, the kits contained detailed lesson plans and all the supplies ...read more

Teacher Feature – Joanie Novak

Teaching School:  Littlejohn Elementary School, DeKalb Grade:  2nd Subjects:  All Number of years teaching:  18 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  This is my 9th year as the Agricultural Literacy Ambassador for my school. I have participated in Ag in the Classroom events while teaching 4th, 5th, and now 2nd grade, and I participate in as many ...read more

Drawing on Ag Knowledge

It’s time for our CONNECTIONS Magazine Cover Design Contest! We are again inviting teachers to incorporate agriculture-focused lessons to prepare students to create cover illustrations. The lessons may utilize our Ag in the Classroom program and/or other ag literacy resources. Objectives 1. Encourage educators to incorporate farm and food topics in the ...read more