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Farm Matching Game Available

Looking for a 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. The ...read more

Teacher Feature – Melissa Irick

Teaching School: Hiawatha School District, Kirkland Position: Instructional Coach Grades: K-12 Number of years in education: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: When I was a second grade teacher, I taught Ag in the Classroom at Hiawatha Elementary. As an educational consultant, I delivered professional development on engagement strategies and Illinois Social Studies standards for the ...read more

Ambassadors Advance Ag Understanding

How do you reach busy teachers with new information? They’re already trying to tune into the specific needs of students, keeping records, communicating with parents, sanitizing desks and supplies, planning lessons…oh, and teaching. One of the activities enjoyed by Ambassadors during the workshops focused on soybean plants. Posing with their plants ...read more

Two Decades of Donated Books

“Upon the subject of education…I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln, as quoted by author Peggy Thomas in “Lincoln Clears a Path: Abraham Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy.” Oxford Languages defines literacy as “the ability ...read more

Teacher Feature – Tracey Sanderson

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Hinckley-Big Rock High School, Hinckley Grade: High School Subjects: Agriculture Number of years teaching: 14 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I teach agriculture and am the FFA Advisor. I often work with Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy program through the Sandwich Fair petting zoo and FARM (Food and Agriculture ...read more

Get a Grant!

Educators invited to apply for grants for ag-related books and classroom projects Teachers, could you use $250 in books or $300 for a classroom project? If you answered “yes” to this question, you have until October 15 to fill out an easy online application for your chance to earn a grant! Illinois ...read more

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