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Ag Literacy in Action

Recent months kept DeKalb County’s ag literacy program busy with workshops and presentations reaching out to teachers and students around the county. (Above) Elementary teachers search for farm-related resources during a “Kid, Crops, and Critters in the Classroom” workshop. The workshop was one of three ag literacy-focused sessions conducted during the ...read more

Students Explore Everyday Agriculture

“I live near cornfields but didn’t know anything about corn until today,” said Ayden. Ayden is one of the nearly 300 eighth grade students that participated in the Sycamore Middle School Farm Field Trip. This year, students visited three local farms and agribusinesses on Sept. 22 and 24 – CHS Elburn’s ...read more

Teacher Feature – Elizabeth Peterson

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle School Grade: 8th Grade Subjects: Math & Science Number of years teaching: 20 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Summer Ag Institute for Teachers (SAI) through the Farm Bureau and every year we take our students on the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip to surrounding farms. What is your ...read more

Books Build Ag Literacy

Did you know… If popped, the twenty million kernels of popcorn produced on one acre of land would cover the ground like four inches of snow? A single Merino sheep hair is three times finer than the average human hair? A boy named Junius who was born into slavery later ...read more

Teacher Feature – Ms. Allyn Ricci

Teaching: School: Herman E. Dummer Elementary School Grade: 4th Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 12 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: A few years ago our district was left without a science curriculum, so I contacted the Farm Bureau to see what was available for us. We now use several literacy kits every year. Best ...read more

The Perfect Match

Community players come together to boost ag literacy among young children. Sometimes the cards just fall into place. In this case, four key “cards” came together: an idea, a need, funding, and a way to implement the idea. The Farm Matching Game includes 30 farm images (for a total of 60 cards) ...read more

Community AG-tivities

Agriculture activities are fun for the whole family. Local summer events drew hundreds of children and adults together to learn about food and farming. Corn Fest DeKalb, Aug. 23-25 The DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers coordinated interactive ag displays for Corn Fest including an educational biofuel exhibit, a combine, the Farm ...read more

Forecast for Change

By Mindy Smits Change can be scary, difficult, nerve-wracking…the list goes on and on. Yet change is happening all around. For some of us it is starting college or transitioning out of college. For some it is wondering what your summers will be like after your last county fair. For some the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Mrs. Susan Foster

Personal Hometown: Shabbona Family: My husband Curt and I farm south of Shabbona. We have two grown daughters, Hilary and Rachel. College/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Child Development from NIU, Master of Arts in Education from Aurora University What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, of course! Favorites Quote: “Be the reason someone smiles ...read more

Tops in State – 18 Locals Earn State FFA Degree

DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year's State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Eighteen young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Convention last month. The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization ...read more