September Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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MAITC Newsletter Banner 6.2.2017
Kids at school

Welcome Back to School!

During September teachers, students and families across Minnesota celebrate the fresh start of a new school year!  Many farmers are anxiously awaiting harvest season, but some of our Minnesota crops are ready to be picked.  This month we are focusing on our Minnesota state fruit, the Honeycrisp Apple, as well as the many other varieties of apples that we can enjoy fresh off the tree in September.

Apple Lesson Ideas

Minnesota Apple Pie
Apple Genetics
Apples and the Science of Selection

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New grade-specific AgMag magazines will be available for the first time ever during the 2019-2020 school year! Choose between our AgMag editions specifically focused on kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade students. When you subscribe, you will automatically receive the fall issue in October and the spring issue in March. 

AgMag K
AgMag 1
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Specialty Crop AgMag for 3rd Grade

The Specialty Crop AgMag was developed using 3rd grade academic standards in social studies, science and language arts. When you subscribe, you will receive one issue in September.

Specialty Crop AgMag

AgMag for 4th-6th grade

This AgMag is specifically for fourth-sixth grade learners! When you subscribe, you will automatically receive all three editions of AgMag as they are released in October, January and March!


Grant Opportunities

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Agricultural Literacy Grants The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Foundation is excited to offer grants to K-12 teachers, as well as 4-H and FFA groups! Applicants are encouraged to be creative and develop interesting, valuable agricultural experiences for their students that address multiple curricular areas. Applications are due November 1, 2019.

First Year Teacher Grants We know that first-year teachers face many exciting opportunities and challenges. To provide assistance and encouragement to new teachers, the MAITC Foundation is offering ten, $250 grants to be awarded to first year teachers to integrate agriculture into their curriculum and classroom. Applications are due November 1, 2019

Apply for our Outstanding Teacher Award

One MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award will be given to an educator currently engaged in classroom instruction at the K-12 grade levels. This award will recognize the teacher for his/her creative efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture. The winning Minnesota teacher will receive $500 and have up to $1,500 of their related expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 23-26, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah . Applications are due November 1, 2019.

Ag Trivia

Congratulation to August Trivia winner Kevin Wassenaar who knew that the first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859!

September Trivia Question: The most recent apple introduced by the University of Minnesota Apple Breeding Program was the First Kiss apple released in 2018.  This apple can only be called First Kiss if it is grown in Minnesota. What is the name for this apple if it's grown outside of Minnesota?

Send your answer to The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.