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Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Julie Lovett

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Indian Creek Elementary School, Shabbona Grade: 3rd Grade Subjects: All subjects Number of years teaching: 28 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have attended many Summer Ag Institutes over the years, participate in the Ag in the Classroom presentations, and my class participates in the Placemat Contest every ...read more

Back to School with Books and More

Leveled reading book sets, hands-on supply kits, and much more available to area educators Leveled Reading Sets With the generous support of local agribusinesses, commodity organizations, and family farms, DeKalb County Farm Bureau has been donating ag-related books to school libraries for two decades. During that time, we’ve also built a substantial ...read more

Studying Stewardship

“If I could use one word to describe the tours it would be stewardship.” -Scott Horlock, Sycamore High School teacher This year’s Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) theme was Water, Agriculture, Technology, & Environmental Resources (WATER), June 14-17.The four-day Farm Bureau-sponsored institute for educators was comprised of tours, speakers, and hands-on activities. ...read more

Back to the Farm

Dummer Students Thrilled to Resume Field Trips Although most students from Herman E. Dummer School in Sandwich do not live on a farm, many are fortunate to have taken field trips or toured farms previously.For the fourth year, Alan and JoAnn Adams invited and hosted a field trip where fourth graders ...read more

First Jeff Hartmann SAI Scholarships Presented

Six teachers were awarded scholarships for their participation in Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute (SAI). This was the first year which the scholarships were given in memory of the late Jeff Hartmann. The Hartmanns started a new fund with the Farm Bureau Foundation to assist teachers with the course cost ...read more

Teacher Feature – Monica Winckler

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Herman E. Dummer School, SandwichGrade: 4th GradeSubjects: All subjectsNumber of years teaching: 20Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom to supplement a unit on Illinois. I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school, and I coordinate with ...read more

Work. Teach. Learn.

Summer Ag Literacy Interns Through the Years It was early spring, 2002. The ag literacy program was growing. More educators were requesting programs and resources, and planning for the fourth Summer Ag Institute for teachers was underway. Education coordinator Rhodora Collins realized she could use some help.It was then that DeKalb ...read more

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