Ag Literacy

Apples, Pumpkins, & Readers, Oh My!

The phrase “agricultural literacy” refers to an understanding of the food and fiber system and how it affects our quality of life. The word “literacy” on its own generally refers to the ability to read. Sometimes agricultural literacy IS literacy. And so, it is the case with the variety of reading more

Unwinding Strands of History

Educators examine area agriculture during the 23rd Summer Ag Institute “Beyond Barbed Wire: Area Agriculture Past & Present” was the theme of the 2023 Summer Ag Institute (SAI), which was held June 12-15. The four-day professional development opportunity for teachers involved farm & agribusiness tours, presentations, hands-on workshops, and a panel discussion. Participants more

Delving into DeKalb County History

DeKalb third grade students, teachers attend ag History Expo Novelist Pearl S. Buck once said, “If you want to understand today you have to search yesterday.” In April, third graders from the DeKalb school district searched the past and gained knowledge of the present during a multi-day expo at DeKalb County more

Digging into Farm Life

Farm Field Trip for Dummer Students Sandwich area farmers Alan and JoAnn Adams and their family once again hosted fourth graders from Dümmer Elementary on a field trip to their farm this spring. About 130 students from six classrooms visited the farm in May. While there, they learned how beef cattle are more

Where Agriculture & Art Intersect

What do you get when you combine farm-focused lessons, artistic kids, and an opportunity to illustrate agriculture? Clever and creative cover designs, that’s what! Cover design winner Scarlett Tompkin’s third grade class gathers to celebrate at Indian Creek. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has offered a design contest for elementary students for more more

Show Us Your Farm Boots

Farm life needs boots in every season. Each pair we wear is for a reason. This is the opening rhyme in the newly released book, Farm Boots by author Lisl Detlefsen. Lisl is a Wisconsin cranberry farmer who in a joyful, rhyming tale shows readers the many boots needed on the more

Concentrate on Agriculture

DeKalb County Farm Bureau recognized at AFBF Annual Convention Each year, the American Farm Bureau Federation honors counties from across the U.S. in its County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. DeKalb County Farm Bureau was recognized for its Farm Matching Game during the AFBF Annual Convention in early January. DCFB’s CAE submission more

Teacher Feature – Sarah Peterson

Teaching School: DeKalb High SchoolGrades: 9-12Subjects: Horticulture, Animal Science, Plant ScienceNumber of years teaching: 11Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have worked with the Farm Bureau throughout my teaching career. The connection to the Farm Bureau through their various programs is a huge asset to my students. I also served as the more

Classroom Volunteers Needed for AITC

Ag in the Classroom volunteer training to be offered in January If you’ve ever wished folks understood more about farming and agriculture, here’s your chance to help. DeKalb County Farm Bureau is gearing up for the 2023 Ag in the Classroom (AITC) program, and we need people like you. With your help, more

Teacher Feature – Jill Schmitt

Teaching School: Lynn G. Haskin School, SandwichGrades: KindergartenSubjects: All of them!Number of years teaching: 29Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use many Ag Literacy resources in my classroom.What is your favorite unit to teach? I love teaching the students in the Fall. There are so many things to focus on while encouraging more