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Ag Literacy

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 ...read more

Agriculture – Read all about it!

Books Donated to School Libraries DeKalb County Farm Bureau and generous area donors have helped grow young minds. By providing food and farm-related children’s books to school libraries, this program enables students to practice their reading skills while simultaneously gaining knowledge of agriculture. At Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary, a series of new ag-related ...read more

Learning About Soils & Ag Careers

Understanding soils and exploring agricultural related careers was accomplished in one day of learning at the Conserv FS facility in Waterman. Over 200 high school students from throughout Northern Illinois and their FFA advisers participated in this newly combined event for FFA members in Section 6 and 7. FS partnered with ...read more

Teacher Feature – Jenny Wold

Teaching Schools: Somonauk High School and Leland Middle School/High SchoolGrades: 6th-12thSubjects: Agriculture and Food ScienceNumber of years teaching: 6Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I served as the Kendall County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator for 11 years. While I loved it, I missed working with high school students and being an FFA ...read more

Terrific Tools for Teachers

Posters and Ag Mags Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom has released a colorful new poster series to enliven classroom walls and engage students’ minds. Back to School with Agriculture, Football and Agriculture, Illinois History, and Baseball in Agriculture posters are available free to teachers. The posters join an extensive list of Illinois ...read more

Teacher Feature – Kyla Hueber

Teaching Schools: Southeast Elementary, SycamoreGrades: 3rdSubjects: AllNumber of years teaching: 15Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I love participating in the Ag in the Classroom presentations each year and have enjoyed completing the Summer Ag Institute for teachers several times.What is your favorite unit to teach? My favorite unit is our Mystery Science ...read more

After Internship, It’s Back to College

My name is Ava Splear and I am currently studying Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and minoring in Public Relations. I’ve held the position of the Agricultural Literacy/Communications Intern at DeKalb County Farm Bureau this summer and last summer! I’m pleased that the skills ...read more

Goodies & Grants Galore

DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy program and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom are offering valuable teaching resources for educators! Check out these upcoming opportunities to acquire books, Ag Mags and more. DeKalb County Farm Bureau New Teacher Totes Building principals or Ag Literacy Ambassadors are invited to request tote bags for new ...read more

Teacher Feature – Josh Dodge

Teaching Schools: Hiawatha Jr. & Sr. High SchoolsGrades: 7-12Subjects: AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 10Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: My students help present the Ag in the Classroom lessons every year and I have served as my school’s Ag Literacy Ambassador.What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to teach plant propagation ...read more

Interacting with Insects

The 2022 Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) theme was “Pollinators, Pests and Protein: Insects in Agriculture” and was held June 8-10 and June 13-15. This year 11 teachers participated in the Summer Agriculture Institute (From left) Dana Mallar, Southeast Elementary; Maria Campbell, Indian Creek Elementary; Kelsey Gilmore, South Prairie Elementary; Melissa Irick, ...read more