February Highlights from MAITC

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Try the new Journey 2050 online program!

Use Journey 2050 with your students and provide feedback by April 1st to be eligible to win $100!

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach, the program encourages students to make decisions as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy on a local and global scale. The students experience the lives of three farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada.  Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is encouraging 7th-12th grade teachers to use Journey 2050 with their students.  Provide feedback using our online form by April 1st to be eligible to win one of five $100 prizes.

Teacher Feature: Ms. Anne Swanson

Biology and Ecology of Food Teacher, Wayzata High School

Anne Swanson

Why do you believe it is important for our students to be agriculturally literate? I feel it is so incredibly important for all students to have an understanding about where their food comes from if we are going to make progress towards being able to feed a growing population while focusing on the sustainability of our planet as well.

Anne Swanson on Teacher Tour

From my science background, I also feel very strongly about creating scientifically literate citizens that can make informed choices in their everyday lives.  Hence the reason I created an elective class at Wayzata High School titled, “Ecology of Food.”  Through this Ecology of Food class I have seen students learn to respect food, appreciate those who grow it, and learn to think critically about complex issues that face our world.

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Schoolyard Garden Conference

U of M Landscape Arboretum, Friday March 2, 2018

Schoolyard Garden Conference

Schoolyard Gardens provide a hands-on opportunity for students to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, connect with natural systems, and learn about agriculture, healthy eating, and cultural competency. Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, join us to learn innovative strategies, sustaining and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden.

Visit the Conference webpage for more details and to register.

Scholarships Available for the National Ag in the Classroom Conference

Deadline to Apply is March 2, 2018

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The CHS Foundation is sponsoring teachers from across the nation to attend the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea in Portland, Maine, June 27-29. If you are a K-12 teacher and would like to participate in an engaging professional development experience and connect with educators from across the country, please consider applying for this scholarship, which covers the cost of early bird registration ($435). All other travel costs are the responsibility of the individual. The deadline for applications is Friday March 2, 2018

Minnesota Youth Institute

Essay Deadline: April 11, 2018

Event: May 21, 2018

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The Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. This interactive, day-long program brings teens from across the state to the University of Minnesota for an immersive science experience while connecting with research and industry leaders. MNYI serves as a gateway to the World Food Prize Symposium and global travel, paid internships and a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Visit the Minnesota Youth Institute website for more details.

New Resource: Specialty Crop AgMag

Specialty Crop AgMag

We are excited to share the brand new Specialty Crop AgMag!  This AgMag magazine was developed to support the Science and Social Studies academic standards for 3rd graders. You can check out the digital version at http://mnagmag.org/specialty-crops or use our online order form to request the print version for FREE!

This new Specialty Crop AgMag compliments our AgMag series for 4th-6th graders and the AgMag Jr. series for K-1st graders. 

Ag Trivia!

Congratulations to our January Trivia winner Patric Pehrson.  Patric knew that Americans eat 1.35 million chicken wings during the Super Bowl .  

February Trivia Question: What three crops are known as the Three Sisters?

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

Send answers to sue.knott@state.mn.us.