March Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Precision Agriculture Tools in a tractor cab

Precision agriculture tools in the tractor of Matt Tiffany who farms near Redwood Falls, MN.

Agriculture: From STEM to Plate!

This month we are focusing on the STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – involved in agriculture.  There are countless STEM connections and careers in agriculture!  Agricultural engineers designing equipment, farmers using precision agriculture technology, animal scientists developing nutritional plans for livestock to grow as efficiently as possible, and plant scientists working to develop disease resistant plants are just a few examples!

STEM Lessons and Activity Ideas


Pigs on the Farm

K-2nd grade students explore the basic needs of animals and create a model of a modern pig barn that will help farmers meet the needs of the animals. 


Machines in Agriculture

3rd-5th grade students make connections between the six types of simple machines and the complex machinery used to produce food and fiber.

Dairy Calves

Significant Surroundings

6th-8th grade students identify basic animal behaviors and hypothesize what causes them. Students will also discover the responsibilities of an animal physiologist.

Follow Your food Carrot Edition

Follow the Food: Carrot Edition Video

Students of all ages discover how carrots travel from farm to table! Watch for the STEM connections as we follow carrots grown at Open Hands Farm in Northfield Minnesota all the way to Loring Elementary School in Minneapolis.

2019 Summer Teacher Tours

Register Today!

We are excited to offer Summer Teacher Tours that allow educators to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture by visiting farms, processing centers, research facilities and additional agricultural sites. Resources, hands-on activities and interactive ideas for integrating agriculture in your curriculum will be also be discussed and shared.

Feeds, Seeds, and STEM TOur

Feed, Seeds and STEM!

June 12, 2019, 8 AM-3:30 PM, Carver County

Tour stops: Dairy farm with automated feeders, Bongards Creamery, seed company and drone demonstration

Redwood and Renville County Tour

Redwood and Renville County Tour

June 27, 2019, 9 AM - 7:30 PM and June 28, 2019, 9 AM - 4 PM,  Redwood and Renville County

Tour stops: Cattle farm, robotic dairy Farm, crop farm, strawberry farm, Grandview Valley Winery, Shrimp Shop

STEM in Agriculture tour

STEM in Agriculture

July 11, 2019 8:30 AM -8 PM and July 12, 2019, 8:30 AM- 4 PM,  Martin and Brown Counties

Tour stops: Avery Weigh-Tronix, Christensen Research Pig Farm, Morgan Creek Winery, Eversman Solar Farm, Patsche Farm technology demonstration

Hops and Hemp Tour

Farmamerica Hands-on Learning with Hops & Hemp

July 30, 2019, 9 AM-4:30 PM, Farmamerica - Waseca area

Tour stops: Farmamerica, Half Pint Brewery, Midwest Hemp Farms greenhouse, hops field, hemp extraction site.

2019 Summer Teacher Tour details and registration information>>

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

National Ag in the Classroom Conference

We'd love to have you join us June 18-21, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference!  Engaging keynote speakers, inspiring workshops, traveling tours, recognition of outstanding educators, and networking are all part of the fun!  Find additional details on the Conference website.

Explore our Virtual Barn

Virtual Barn Image

What is the virtual barn? Just like farmers keep their prized possessions (animals and crops for feed) in a barn, we're collecting very important information in our virtual barn - input from educators!  After using a MAITC lesson or resource, visit our virtual barn to share your feedback.  By providing feedback, not only are you entered to win one of our awesome Monthly Theme Kits (these feature a lesson and everything you'll need to do the lesson in your classroom) but you're also helping us improve and spread the word about agricultural literacy.

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to our January Trivia winner Tracy Young!  Tracy, along with many others, knew that Thom Petersen is our newly appointed Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner.

March Trivia Question: According to 2018 census information, how many farms in Minnesota use robots to milk their cows?

Send your answer to All correct responders within the first 24 hours after the newsletter is sent, will be entered in a drawing to win a MAITC reusable bag!