October Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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corn harvest


Combines harvesting corn, soybeans and other crops, kids picking apples at the orchard and selecting the perfect pumpkin from the patch, are all visual clues that it's the season of harvest! This season allows for many exciting ways for connecting agriculture to science, social studies, language arts and health/nutrtion.

Harvest Lesson Ideas

Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Soybean to Car Parts
Increasing Production with Precision Agriculture
Spices and Herbs

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 10, $250 grants to be awarded to first year teachers to integrate agriculture into their curriculum and classroom. Applications are due November 1, 2019

Agriculture Literacy Grants

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.

Outstanding Teacher Award

Scholarships to Attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

White-Reinhardt Scholarship opportunities are provided by the American Farm Bureau Foundation.  Eligible recipients are full time educators and/or volunteers that actively participate in classroom ag literacy programs or events. This scholarships provide travel expense funds to attend the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in June of 2020.  Applications for the White-Reinhardt Scholarship are due October 15, 2019. 

Watch your mailbox for AgMags!

The fall issues of all AgMag magazines will be sent to subscribers in mid-October.  If you haven't subscribed, it's not too late!  Visit the online order form to select the AgMag that is perfect for your elementary students. 


Virtual Fieldtrip: Meadowlark Turkey

November 26, 2019, 10 AM

Meet Meadowlark Turkey Farm owners Jon and Ashley Klaphake, tour their farm and ask questions live!  To access the virtual field trip, tune in on our MAITC Facebook page on Tuesday November 26 at 10 AM CST. The Facebook Live video stream will last approximately 20-30 minutes. If listeners are unable to tune in during the live event, the video will be posted on the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom Facebook page and YouTube for later viewing.

Virtual Field Trip

Ag Trivia

Congratulation to September Trivia winner Amy Mastin!  Amy knew that the First Kiss apple is called Rave when it is grown outside of Minnesota.

October Trivia Question: What are three types of corn grown and harvested in Minnesota?

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.