April Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

Minnesota  Agriculture in the Classroom Newsletter

April 2016

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is Hiring!

Educational Specialist position now open

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After 30 years as the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Program Director, Al Withers is retiring.  We will greatly miss Al!

Al’s retirement allows the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which houses the MAITC program, to hire a new staff person.  This new Education Specialist position has now been posted and is ready for candidates to apply.

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Teacher Feature

Ms. Ann Griffin and Ms. Julie Manthe

1st grade teachers

Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Elementary, St. Paul

"We both agree that working with young children is so much fun.  They have such energy and joyfulness - it makes our work both challenging and rewarding."

Julie Manthe with her first grade students

How has agriculture and MAITC impacted your students? Our students plant and care for a schoolyard garden, growing greens, corn, squash, and tomatoes. We also use the AgMag Jr. as a resource for teaching our students how agriculture is responsible for the everyday products we consume. As a result of the MAITC Teacher Tour, we brought our students to the HAFA (Hmong American Farmers’ Association) farm  where students planted herbs and harvested potatoes. Back in the classroom, we cooked the potatoes and had a tasty snack!

Ann Griffin with her first grade students

Why do you believe it is important for students to be agriculuturally literate?  Students need to understand where their food comes from and how they can make responsible, informed choices as a consumer. Agricultural literacy supports students in making smart choices now and in the future.

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Summer Teacher Tours

Teacher tour participants look at corn roots

The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program (MAITC) is excited to offer two unique summer tours that allow educators to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture.  If you would like to see, smell, hear, touch and taste the agriculture, food and natural resources that allow for our survival, while earning CEUs and graduate credits, register today!

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Fantastic Resources

AgMag - Spring 2016

AgMag Spring Issue

Subscribers of the AgMag should have found the spring issue in their mailbox. The student focused articles from the print magazine, along with interactive games, trivia questions, online quiz, and more, can be found on the AgMag website.  This site also features an online teacher guide, project and activity ideas, and additional resources in the Educators section.

Minnesota's Top 10 Plants

Top 10 plants website

Teachers are being sought to review The 10 Plants Teacher Activities Handbook. This handbook is to be used in conjunction with The 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota a hardcover book to be published in 2017 by the Minnesota Historical Society. Teachers who review at least 3 of the 10 activities chapters (each 3-5 pages or 9-15 pages in total) will receive a free copy of the final handbook, a free accompanying 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota hardcover book (both to be published in 2017); complimentary registration for one of the 2017 10 Plants teacher workshops; and a $50 Target gift card.  Reviews should be completed by May 15, 2016.

For more information contact: Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu 612-301-1247; University of Minnesota Horticultural Science professor and extension horticulturist.

Agriculture Trivia

Congratulations to Dary Dahna for being the first person to respond with the correct answer to our March trivia question.  Darcy knew that the gestation period for ewes is about 147 days.  Her Dorset sheep average 145 days! The other top ten responders were Neil Kruse, Gertrude Jensen, Nancy Roberts, Janet Cribb, Rudy Winckler, Maria Hildebrand, Zuli Walju, Pat Byron and Doug Jones.

April Trivia - The first person to email the correct answer for the question below will win a Green Giant T-shirt.

What is the most popular breed of dairy cattle in the U.S.?

Email you answer to Sue Knott to be eligible for the prize!

Green Giant T-shirt