Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Sandy Arndt

Teaching School:  Genoa-Kingston Middle SchoolGrade:  7th GradeSubject:  Life ScienceNumber of years teaching:  15 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school. My family has been a part of Farm Bureau forever, and I was a recipient of a Farm Bureau scholarship way back in the day.What more

Opportunity to Innovate

It’s clear our usual model of sending volunteers into classrooms across the county isn’t feasible this year. Instead, the pandemic has given us a chance to do something entirely new! Here’s the 2021 plan for our Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and CONNECTIONS Cover Design Contest. 1st-5th grade teachers, sign up more

Teacher Feature – Laurie Jacobson

Teaching: Teacher:  Laurie Jacobson School:  West Elementary, Sycamore Grade: 2nd Number of years teaching: 19 years - All in 2nd grade Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have attended several Summer Ag Institutes with the Farm Bureau and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for West Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love teaching more

Kernels of Connections

November FARM Bags feature field corn Prairie View Elementary 2nd grader Caden Hoyt had just three words to describe his reaction to the field corn activities his class had just completed: “Best. Day. Ever!” Prairie View 2nd graders from Sandwich learned about corn harvest from farmer Ed Cowan. Kim Gudmunson’s 2nd grade students more

Still Growing Young Minds

Pandemic or not, we’re your local source for agricultural literacy. DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy Program continues to provide credible information about food and farming. This year we’ve adjusted to providing online resources and hands-on activities such as our FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags. We’re staying connected with educators. more

Teacher Feature – Kim Gudmunson

Teaching School:  Prairie View Elementary, Sandwich Grade:  2nd Grade Number of years teaching:  11 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I grew up on a farm in Leland and my family was part of the Farm Bureau. My husband and I continue to be members today. I taught Ag in the Classroom in both Somonauk more

Teacher Feature – Lisa Fleming

Teaching School:  Indian Creek High SchoolGrade:  Freshmen thru seniorsSubjects:  Geometry and calculusNumber of years teaching:  18 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been an Ag Literacy Ambassador for many years and participated in the Harvest Dinner as a farmer. I farm with my husband and son. What do you enjoy most about more

Increasing Ag Understanding with Books

Children’s books feature farm and food facts It’s pretty neat when a student checks out an ag-related book from their school library. “But what’s even more exciting is when a teacher checks one out to use with her students,” says Ag Literacy Coordinator Rhodora Collins. “All of a sudden, an entire more

Farm Matching Game Available

Looking for a holiday 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. more

FARM Bag Frenzy

October FARM Bags Engage 600 Kids “What are we going to do with all these pumpkins?!” Those were the words of Farm Bureau Manager Greg Millburg, upon seeing an ocean of orange in the Center for Agriculture garage recently. That was the staging area for basket after bushel basket of pumpkins more