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Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Lisa Fleming

Teaching School:  Indian Creek High SchoolGrade:  Freshmen thru seniorsSubjects:  Geometry and calculusNumber of years teaching:  18 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been an Ag Literacy Ambassador for many years and participated in the Harvest Dinner as a farmer. I farm with my husband and son. What do you enjoy most about ...read more

Increasing Ag Understanding with Books

Children’s books feature farm and food facts It’s pretty neat when a student checks out an ag-related book from their school library. “But what’s even more exciting is when a teacher checks one out to use with her students,” says Ag Literacy Coordinator Rhodora Collins. “All of a sudden, an entire ...read more

Farm Matching Game Available

Looking for a holiday gift idea? Give a child our Farm Matching Game. DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Farm Matching Game is available to purchase at the Farm Bureau office. Similar to a memory card game, this game features all DeKalb County farm images like farm structures, animals, crops and so much more. ...read more

FARM Bag Frenzy

October FARM Bags Engage 600 Kids “What are we going to do with all these pumpkins?!” Those were the words of Farm Bureau Manager Greg Millburg, upon seeing an ocean of orange in the Center for Agriculture garage recently. That was the staging area for basket after bushel basket of pumpkins ...read more

Teacher Feature – Connie Wood

Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: K-8Subjects: Reading SpecialistNumber of years teaching: 29 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a grain and hog farm in Waterman. My parents and relatives were very active with Farm Bureau. I have participated in the Summer Ag Institute twice. I learned so much about ...read more

Small Bag, ‘Lotta Ag’

FARM Bags are coming! Children can enjoy ag at their fingertips with these interactive supplies. Beginning in October, DeKalb County Farm Bureau will provide supplies to any group willing to assemble the FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags and distribute them to families. Here’s how it will work: 1. During each month ...read more

Pandemic Lesson Planning

No matter what school looks like this fall (in-person, remote, or some combination of the two), there’s no doubt it will rely on online resources more than ever. Teachers and parents, mix up your students’ learning experiences with these engaging options! eLearning from National Agriculture in the Classroom If you’re not already familiar ...read more

Teacher Feature – Sue Pelikan

Teaching: School: St. Mary, DeKalb Grade: 5th Number of years teaching: 22 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute several times, and I am the Ag Ambassador for my school. I was the first Dairy Princess in DeKalb County, when I was Sue Harms. What is your favorite ...read more

Pick of the Crop – “Mosey’s Field” Book

by Barbara LockhartAge level: 5 - 8 yearsHardcover: 32 pagesPublisher: Schiffer (2013)ISBN-13: 978-0764343889 Mosey’s favorite place to curl up for a snooze is in the middle of a farm field. But noisy machines followed by rapidly-growing green stalks make his napping spot difficult to find. Readers accompany the inquisitive hound as ...read more

The Cultures of Agriculture

Exploring the Diversities of Food and FarmingThursday, July 309 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. This FREE 5-hour mini-conference will feature: • Lessons highlighting the diversities and cultures of agriculture • Overview of Illinois Ag in the Classroom resources like Ag Mags and grants • Exploration of ag literacy resources available online • Presentations from Illinois commodity ...read more