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Agriculture Illustrated

Announcing the CONNECTIONS Magazine Cover Design Contest! Every year, DeKalb County Farm Bureau conducts the design contest as a way for 1st-5th grade students to illustrate what they learned during the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) program and other ag-related classroom experiences. The contest theme for each grade level correlates with the ...read more

Bringing Ag into the Classroom

DeKalb County 1st-5th grade teachers can request Ag in the Classroom hands-on lesson supply kits. Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”What was true for Ben is true for most learners, especially children. That’s why all of DeKalb County ...read more

Teacher Feature – Julie Vlosak

Teaching School: Indian Creek High SchoolGrades: 9th - 12th Vocational AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 9Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a family farm and work with the Farm Bureau regularly today through membership & education.What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy watching the lightbulb moments in students ...read more

Teacher Feature – Leslie Larson

Teaching School: Cortland Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Number of years teaching: 29 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I am currently the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Cortland Elementary. I have also attended 3 Summer Ag Institutes at the Farm Bureau and enjoy the resources available to my class. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

Ag in the Classroom 2022

DeKalb County Farm Bureau's ag literacy program is excited to launch the 2022 Ag in the Classroom program How this year’s program will work: Teachers request supplies to conduct the AITC lessons by visiting www.GrowYoungMinds.org.Supplies will be delivered to schools based on dates chosen.Supporting videos will be available online for each lesson.Teachers ...read more

New Acquaintance Approach

FFA Chapter Leaders Gather for Officer Summit “FFA Acquaintance Day programs ensure a stronger tomorrow for Illinois agriculture by fostering relationships between local FFA chapters and county Farm Bureaus. Acquaintance Day events are encouraged to include an introduction of the family of companies, overview of IFB operations, and explanation of how ...read more

Holiday Treats with Ag Literacy

‘Tis the season for cookies, candy, and other sweet treats. Like virtually everything else we eat, we can thank agriculture for these goodies. Have a little fun as you learn how some of our holiday treats connect to farms! SUGAR Mmmm, beets. Don’t you just love them? You don’t? Well, chances are ...read more

Teacher Feature – Kristina Jordan

Teaching School: North Elementary School, Sycamore Grade: 5th Number of years teaching: 22 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have participated in the Summer Ag Institute through the Farm Bureau six times and every single time I have learned something new about agriculture I didn’t know before. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love ...read more

Farm Matching Game Available

Looking for a 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. The ...read more

Teacher Feature – Melissa Irick

Teaching School: Hiawatha School District, Kirkland Position: Instructional Coach Grades: K-12 Number of years in education: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: When I was a second grade teacher, I taught Ag in the Classroom at Hiawatha Elementary. As an educational consultant, I delivered professional development on engagement strategies and Illinois Social Studies standards for the ...read more