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Amy Mastin

Amy Mastin named 2018 MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award Winner

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The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Foundation is proud to honor Laporte teacher Amy Mastin with the 2018 MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award. Ms. Mastin will receive $500 and up to $1,500 to cover travel expenses to attend the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

“Amy Mastin is the kind of teacher that exudes excitement about the food, fiber and fuel systems of agriculture, which helps students get excited about it, too,” said Assistant Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “Our goal is to help make sure that all students in Minnesota are agriculturally literate and Amy Mastin is accomplishing that goal with her students, other teachers and the community of Laporte.”


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MAITC 2018 Ag Literacy Grants Recipents

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) and the MATIC Foundation have announced the recipients of this year’s Agricultural Literacy Grants. Grants of up to $1,000 were awarded to one 4-H program, two FFA chapters, and 11 teachers to encourage them to make agriculture and food systems education part of school curricula.

“We want all of Minnesota’s students to value agriculture in their everyday lives,” said Assistant Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “Each of the Ag Literacy Grant projects aim to do just that by providing students with unique learning experiences or resources that use agriculture to support learning in other subjects, too. Congratulations to each of the awardees!”

The MAITC Ag Literacy Grant recipients are:

  • Montevideo FFA: $1,000, 4th Grade Ag Presentations
  • Freeborn County 4-H: $540, Hatching Science Project
  • Detroit Lakes FFA: $1,000, Monthly Ag Lessons at Elementary School
  • Duluth East High School: $630, Tomato Man Project for Kindergartners
  • Apply Valley Cedar Park Elementary School: $1,000, Phase Two of Ag and Energy Lab
  • Kelliher Elementary School: $1,000, 4th Grade Grow Lab
  • Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools: $250, MAITC Book Bundles
  • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus: $468, Oliver Kelley Farm Field Trip
  • Bluff Creek Elementary School: $1,000, Sprouting Curiosity, Sharing Green
  • Carver East Union Elementary School: $1,000, Farm Field Trip and Monthly Ag Day Supplies
  • Minnetonka Academy of Whole Learning: $450, Farm Field Trip
  • Laporte Community Education: $860, Farmer Trading Cards, Community Tasting Event, and Student Athlete Healthy Foods Posters
  • Northfield Greenvale Park: $350, Hatching Science Project
  • Northfield Greenvale Park: $450, Dairy Farm Field Trip

NEW Resource: Specialty Crop AgMag

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Third grade teachers, we heard you asking over the year, "Where is my AgMag?" We are excited to share that the new Specialty Crop AgMag was developed using 3rd grade standards! It can be used as a stand alone resource or as a complement to the AgMag series for other grade levels. The Specialty Crop AgMag includes farmer profiles, a plant families activity, healthy eating and more! You can check out it on mnagmag.org now or order the Specialty Crop AgMag by February 9th to be part of the first group to receive the print version.

    4-H Event: Explore Careers in Agriculture

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    4-H youth in grades 8 and up are invited to attend the 3rd annual Explore Careers in Ag Day held at Riverview LLP. Registration is due Friday, Feb 2nd. Contact Jodi Hintzen at hintz010@umn.edu for more information.

    Refer a Teacher

    Refer a teacher to Minnesota Ag in the Classroom by February 1st to be entered into a drawing for one of 10, $50 Visa Gift Cards.

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    Curriculum Matrix Feedback Wanted

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    National Ag in the Classroom Organization and the National Center for Agricultural Literacy are seeking feedback on lessons in the Curriculum Matrix. Each lesson in the Matrix has a yellow icon in it. After using the lesson, please click on the link near the yellow icon and take a survey.

    Curriculum Matrix

    Ag Trivia!


    Congratulations to our December Trivia winner Darcy Dahna. She was the first to respond that Poinsettias are native to Mexico. 

    January Trivia Question: According to the National Chicken Council, Americans are expected to eat how many wings during the Super Bowl?

                    a) 3.15 billion wings

                    b) 1.35 billion wings

                    c) 998 million wings

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

    Send answers to keri.sidle@state.mn.us