Drawing on Ag Knowledge

Posted: February 12, 2021

It’s time for our CONNECTIONS Magazine Cover Design Contest! We are again inviting teachers to incorporate agriculture-focused lessons to prepare students to create cover illustrations. The lessons may utilize our Ag in the Classroom program and/or other ag literacy resources.


1. Encourage educators to incorporate farm and food topics in the classroom via ag literacy resources and the Ag in the Classroom program.

2. Increase student understanding of how our daily lives depend on agriculture.

3. Foster appreciation of the role of farms and farmers in our community.


The contest is open to 1st-5th grade classes in DeKalb County.

Entry Deadline

All entries must be received at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.


Gift cards will be awarded to first through third place winners at each grade level. First place winners will receive $25; second place, $15; and third place, $10. The grand prize winning design will appear as the front cover of the June 2021 issue of this magazine!

Calling all 1st-5th grade teachers
Sign up now for 2021 AITC at http://bit.ly/2021AITCreq.

Instead of our usual in-person classroom presentations, this year’s AITC program will provide supplies for hands-on lessons complemented by a Bitmoji-style virtual learning environment.

1st-2nd Grade – Why Farms Matter

Students will explore how farming connects their own lives.

What are farms, and why do they matter? In this lesson, students will trace the products they eat and use every day back to their farm origins. Students will then make living seed germination necklaces as a reminder of
how farmers grow the products we need to survive.

3rd-5th Grade – The Science of Agriculture

Students will discover ways in which agriculture relies
on science to produce food and other products.

From soil to seed to grocery store, agriculture revolves around SCIENCE. In this lesson, students will learn about several scientific innovations in agriculture. They will also explore the science of bioplastic and make their own plastic from corn.

For questions about our Ag in the Classroom program, email rcollins@dekalbfarmbureau.org.