Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Josh Dodge

Teaching Schools: Hiawatha Jr. & Sr. High SchoolsGrades: 7-12Subjects: AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 10Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: My students help present the Ag in the Classroom lessons every year and I have served as my school’s Ag Literacy Ambassador.What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to teach plant propagation more

Interacting with Insects

The 2022 Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) theme was “Pollinators, Pests and Protein: Insects in Agriculture” and was held June 8-10 and June 13-15. This year 11 teachers participated in the Summer Agriculture Institute (From left) Dana Mallar, Southeast Elementary; Maria Campbell, Indian Creek Elementary; Kelsey Gilmore, South Prairie Elementary; Melissa Irick, more

Farm Safety First

Kids learn how important safety is on the farm Farm safety is important! By educating our youth about it we can prevent accidents from occurring. If children are educated and know the appropriate safety precautions, the hope is that they can use this knowledge to prevent accidents and stay safe on more

Teacher Feature – Emily Weller

Teaching Position: Elementary Instructional CoachSchools: Jefferson Elementary & Littlejohn Elementary, DeKalbGrades: K-5Subjects: AllNumber of years teaching: 16Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I previously worked with Ag in the Classroom as a classroom teacher. Currently I work closely with the Farm Bureau, DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, more

Art is Her Thing

Twenty years ago Katie Hunt won DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s design contest. Then, she was a fifth grader at Waterman Elementary. Now, she is an art teacher at DeKalb High School. In 2002, Katie Hunt won Farm Bureau’s T-Shirt Design Contest with her Ag Careers design. Katie still has her winning more

Creative Minds & Cover Designs

Every picture tells a story When you ask a young person to draw a picture you readily see their creativity and originality in their artwork. So when Farm Bureau asked students to illustrate their connection to agriculture for their Cover Design Contest, you guessed it, so many remarkable drawings were received more

AITC Update

COVID once again complicated—but didn’t curb—our Ag in the Classroom adventures this year. As of early April, 144 classrooms had received Ag in the Classroom lesson supply kits or hosted presentations, reaching over 3,000 students. A third grader works intently to dissect a kernel during the It’s an Earful Ag in more

Scenes of Science

Students of all ages, families, and teachers celebrated science at Sycamore Middle School’s 35th Annual Science Olympiad in March. DeKalb County Farm Bureau joined the fun with several agricultural science-related activities. Volunteer Allie Clark demonstrates superabsorbent polymer behavior for an intrigued family. Superabsorbent polymers were invented by agricultural scientists at the more

Teacher Feature – Jake Brens

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle SchoolGrade: 8th gradeSubjects: English Language ArtsNumber of years teaching: 18Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have been the team leader for the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip for the past 8 years.What is your favorite unit to teach? Nonfiction literacy/argument analysis. I love helping students learn to ask more