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Ag Literacy

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

Teacher Feature – Allyson Holder

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Personal Hometown: I was born in Baltimore, MD and have lived in DeKalb, IL for 41 years. Family: My husband Kevin & I have been married 39 years. We have 3 married children and 10 grandchildren: Stephen (Abby) with Cecilia, Eero and Joe; Jessica Lehan (Jim) ...read more

History Fills the Hallways

DeKalb students experience Ag History Expo “In the hallways I hear kids talking about getting in the combine, as well as getting their hands in the soil!” DeKalb School District instructional coach Emily Weller still hears students converse about the memorable History Expo that took place at Farm Bureau this spring. About ...read more

Agriculture Illustrated

For nearly 30 years, DeKalb County children have been invited to illustrate their agricultural knowledge. First introduced as a poster contest in 1990, then as a t-shirt design challenge from 1993 to 2002, the Food for Thought Placemat Design Contest encourages elementary teachers across the county to incorporate lessons about agriculture. Teachers ...read more

Decades of Corn Talk

Eric Lawler is simply "amaizing." For more than two decades he's been talking about corn in the classroom. Armed with a bushel basket full of corn-related materials and a lesson, Eric Lawler visits elementary schools to help grow young minds and share kernels of knowledge. “It’s important to get in front of ...read more

A Continued AITC Family Tradition

“My sister and I went to school here. When we were here, it was surrounded by cornfields,” Susan Deihs informed a class of eager fourth grade students. Susan and her sister, Kathy Stice, gave Ag in the Classroom (AITC)  presentations at Southeast Elementary School in Sycamore, the same school they attended ...read more

An “Uncornventional” Education

In February, nearly 3,300 first through fourth grade students throughout DeKalb County experienced unique, hands-on lessons through Ag in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. The presentations, delivered by volunteer farmers, agriculture professionals, and FFA members, focused on assorted aspects of ag including corn, dairy, and Illinois agriculture products. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has ...read more

Stray Kernels – Arm-twisting & Gratitude

January and February are intense months for me. Not gonna lie—sometimes my heart sinks when I think of all that needs to be accomplished during these months. Reaching 3,000+ elementary kids with meaningful Ag in the Classroom (AITC) experiences is a hefty project with many moving parts. Promoting the program to ...read more

AITC Backstage

Before Ag in the Classroom presentations get underway, an awful lot of behind-the-scenes work takes place. There is a different AITC presentation for each 1st-4th grade level and each presentation is designed to be as engaging and hands-on as possible. First graders plant corn and soybean seeds and learn how and ...read more

Thankful for Thank-Yous

We love receiving notes of gratitude at Farm Bureau, especially from children. Students often share with us what they've learned after a farm field trip or classroom presentation. Here's a look at some thank-yous that made us smile.