May Highlights

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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
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2017 Teacher Tour

Don't miss out on Summer Teacher Tours! Register by June 7th.

Join Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) for an in-the-field learning experience by signing up for a Summer Teacher Tour! Three unique tours will allow educators to get a first-hand look into the food, fiber and fuel systems that keep Minnesota going. Take the opportunity to grow your agricultural experiences and share resources and ideas with other K-12 teachers.

See, smell, hear, touch and taste the agriculture, food and natural resources that allow for our survival, while earning CEUs and graduate credits.

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Buzzing with Agriculture Literacy Tour

June 20, 2018, Chanhassen, MN

Tour stops include: U of M Landscape Arboretum Tashjian Bee Center, Gale Woods Farm, Roots Return Heritage Farm

Agriculture Research and Innovation: Northern MN Tour

July 12, 2018, Grand Rapids, MN

Tour stops include: North Central Research and Outreach Center, Little Timber Farms

Many Faces of Agriculture: Southwest MN Tour

July 26-27, 2018, Fairmont, MN

Tour stops include: Round Lake Winery, AgCo – Ag Equipment Manufacturer, Minnesota Soybean Processors, family operated hog farm, corn and soybean farm, Center Creek Orchard

Farmamerica Teacher Day Camp*

July 31st, 2018, Waseca, MN

Agenda includes: tour of Farmamerica, visit with beekeeper, tractor experience with latest technology in agriculture, MAITC take-home lesson kits, farm to table dinner

*Partnership between Farmamerica and MAITC

For additional details and to register visit

MN FFA Ag Literacy Challenge Winners

Award winners

          Minnesota Ag in the Classroom Foundation is proud to sponsor MN FFA Ag Literacy Challenge. FFA chapters across the state are engaging with local elementary schools and their communities to teach about the importance of agriculture to our daily lives. The three chapters whose events reached the most people were recognized at the MN State FFA Convention on April 23rd. Congratulations to this year’s winners:                                      

1st Place: Foley FFA

2nd Place: Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead FFA

3rd Place: Princeton FFA

Thinking about next year? Pre-Order AgMags, AgMag Jrs and Specialty Crop AgMags

Get a jump start on next year and subscribe now to the AgMag, AgMag Jr or Specialty Crop AgMag for the 2018-2019 school year!



Save the Date: 2018 MAITC Foundation Annual Meeting

This year's event will take place on July 26th in Fairmont, MN. This casual event will provide an opportunity to highlight MAITC’s accomplishments over the past year and thank our supporters for their contributions in making these efforts possible. More details to come!

New to the Curriculum Matrix Resources

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Did you know that dragline silk from a spider is 100x stronger than natural ligaments, 10x stronger than natural tendons and can replace Kevlar in tires, helmets, and vests? We can't "farm" spiders to harvest their silk. Check out what we can do in this 9-12 grade level lesson.

Check out this hands-on grafting activity where students use a carrot to simulate grafting a pecan tree! Learn about the production of pecans from farm to fork in this 3-5 grade level lesson.

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Congrats to our April Trivia winner Paula Herbanson. Paula knew that the Minnesota official state soil is the Lester soil. Congratulations to our other top five responders Kevin Wassenar, Shelly Staebler, Alicia Meissner and Bill Ziegler.

May Trivia Question: What is the official state drink of Minnesota?

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