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Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Ms. Allyn Ricci

Teaching: School: Herman E. Dummer Elementary School Grade: 4th Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 12 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: A few years ago our district was left without a science curriculum, so I contacted the Farm Bureau to see what was available for us. We now use several literacy kits every year. Best ...read more

The Perfect Match

Community players come together to boost ag literacy among young children. Sometimes the cards just fall into place. In this case, four key “cards” came together: an idea, a need, funding, and a way to implement the idea. The Farm Matching Game includes 30 farm images (for a total of 60 cards) ...read more

Community AG-tivities

Agriculture activities are fun for the whole family. Local summer events drew hundreds of children and adults together to learn about food and farming. Corn Fest DeKalb, Aug. 23-25 The DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers coordinated interactive ag displays for Corn Fest including an educational biofuel exhibit, a combine, the Farm ...read more

Forecast for Change

By Mindy Smits Change can be scary, difficult, nerve-wracking…the list goes on and on. Yet change is happening all around. For some of us it is starting college or transitioning out of college. For some it is wondering what your summers will be like after your last county fair. For some the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Mrs. Susan Foster

Personal Hometown: Shabbona Family: My husband Curt and I farm south of Shabbona. We have two grown daughters, Hilary and Rachel. College/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Child Development from NIU, Master of Arts in Education from Aurora University What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, of course! Favorites Quote: “Be the reason someone smiles ...read more

Tops in State – 18 Locals Earn State FFA Degree

DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year's State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Eighteen young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Convention last month. The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization ...read more

Teacher Feature – Brenda Woker

Teaching Teacher: Miss Brenda Woker School: Jefferson Elementary School, DeKalb Grade: 4th Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 21 years at Jefferson Elementary Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom and take my students on farm field trips. I have also participated in the following: Ag Literacy Committee, 18 years; ...read more

20 Years of SAI

Summer Ag Institute over the years: 1999-2019 By the numbers… 20    Summer Ag Institutes conducted (1 cancelled) 391  Teachers participated (240 unduplicated) 39    Percentage of teachers who have repeated the course 91    Farms and ag-related businesses toured 118  Speakers and panelists 56   Total schools represented (35 in-county, 21 out-of-county) 19   Average class size   Every year ...read more

Six Days of STEM

Ten inquisitive educators gathered in June for a unique opportunity that has taken place in DeKalb County for two decades. The teachers were participants in the 20th Summer Ag Institute (SAI), a graduate course and professional development opportunity designed for educators. “Exploring STEM Tools in Food & Farming” was the theme ...read more

A Whiff of Farm Life

“I smell something!” It’s a common reaction when non-farm kids disembark their school bus on a farm field trip. Unaccustomed to the aromas of livestock, many students initially cover their noses when they first arrive at the farm. Soon the newness of the odors is forgotten as students eagerly accompany their ...read more