December Highlights from MAITC

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MAITC Newsletter Banner 6.2.2017
Cow by Christmas tree

Happy Holidays from Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom!

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) would like to thank the educational and agricultural communities that have helped us grow agricultural literacy during 2017!  We are extremely proud of the positive impact we are making and thank YOU for your support.

MN Regional Ag Literacy Specialist: Toni Dauwalter

Toni Dauwalter

Why did you want to join the MAITC team?  I am excited to join the MN Ag in the Classroom team!  My interest stems from my background in education and also my background growing up on a small farm in Wisconsin, where I developed a strong appreciation for the land and animals. I think it is exciting to watch something grow from a seed to my dinner plate and my excitement is hopefully contagious when I am teaching others!

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Virtual Field Trip: Wittenburg National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock

Tom Turkeys at Wittenburg Farm
Virtual Field Trip image from Facebook

MAITC had a fantastic following for our Facebook Live Virtual Field Trip with the Wittenburg Family on November 16, 2017! The Live videos introduced students of all ages to Carl and Charlene Wittenburg and the turkey flock they raised for the 2017 National Thanksgiving Ceremony in Washington, D.C. We were excited to have nearly 1,500 viewers and over 100 questions pouring in from classrooms across Minnesota. MAITC produced three Live videos that can be found on our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Facebook page as well as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's YouTube Channel.

AgCultures: South American Expedition

Farmer in Argentina

The AgCultures team just returned from their South American expedition and are sharing field stories, videos, and images that are part of a new, free online education program designed to spur middle and high school students' interest in the many facets of agriculture. The AgCultures team is undertaking a series of expeditions over three years that capture extraordinary stories from scientists, farmers, and innovators around the globe.

Educators have access to a free online learning environment with curriculum tied to issues the team is exploring, along with a free classroom management system. The curriculum and activities included in the AgCultures online site will grow with each new expedition. Students worldwide can Take It Local and share their own story as they work online alongside the AgCultures team investigating the world’s food puzzles. Sign up for email updates, and join the AgCultures team online today!

Educators Sought for Three On The Farm Workshops

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) will hold three On The Farm workshops for educators in 2018. Experience STEM and health concepts brought to life by American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians. The On The Farm program features free lessons, activities, online learning tools and enriching professional development events. If you're looking for real world connections and hands-on learning, then an On The Farm educator workshop is for you. Applications are due January 1st.

Ag Trivia!


Congratulations to our November Trivia winners Melanie Reap and Katrine Bender.  Both knew that Minnesota ranks 3rd nationally for soybean production.  

December Trivia Question: Poinsettia plants are native to what country?

The first person to reply with the correct answer will win a MAITC reusable grocery bag!

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