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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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

Agriculture Illustrated

Announcing the CONNECTIONS Magazine Cover Design Contest! Every year, DeKalb County Farm Bureau conducts the design contest as a way for 1st-5th grade students to illustrate what they learned during the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) program and other ag-related classroom experiences. The contest theme for each grade level correlates with the ...read more

Bringing Ag into the Classroom

DeKalb County 1st-5th grade teachers can request Ag in the Classroom hands-on lesson supply kits. Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”What was true for Ben is true for most learners, especially children. That’s why all of DeKalb County ...read more

Teacher Feature – Julie Vlosak

Teaching School: Indian Creek High SchoolGrades: 9th - 12th Vocational AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 9Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a family farm and work with the Farm Bureau regularly today through membership & education.What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy watching the lightbulb moments in students ...read more

Teacher Feature – Leslie Larson

Teaching School: Cortland Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Number of years teaching: 29 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I am currently the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Cortland Elementary. I have also attended 3 Summer Ag Institutes at the Farm Bureau and enjoy the resources available to my class. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

Ag in the Classroom 2022

DeKalb County Farm Bureau's ag literacy program is excited to launch the 2022 Ag in the Classroom program How this year’s program will work: Teachers request supplies to conduct the AITC lessons by visiting www.GrowYoungMinds.org.Supplies will be delivered to schools based on dates chosen.Supporting videos will be available online for each lesson.Teachers ...read more

New Acquaintance Approach

FFA Chapter Leaders Gather for Officer Summit “FFA Acquaintance Day programs ensure a stronger tomorrow for Illinois agriculture by fostering relationships between local FFA chapters and county Farm Bureaus. Acquaintance Day events are encouraged to include an introduction of the family of companies, overview of IFB operations, and explanation of how ...read more

Holiday Treats with Ag Literacy

‘Tis the season for cookies, candy, and other sweet treats. Like virtually everything else we eat, we can thank agriculture for these goodies. Have a little fun as you learn how some of our holiday treats connect to farms! SUGAR Mmmm, beets. Don’t you just love them? You don’t? Well, chances are ...read more