December Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Happy Holidays from Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom!

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) would like to thank the educational and agricultural communities that have helped us grow agricultural literacy during 2019! We are extremely proud of the positive impact we are making and thank YOU for your support.

December Lesson Ideas

Let's Go Shopping Lesson
Discover Christmas Trees
Mix It Up! Food Scientist
A Tale of Two Burgers Lesson Plan

Virtual Field Trip: Meadowlark Turkey Farm

Jon and Ashley Klaphake

Ashley and Jon Klaphake, owners of Meadowlark Turkey Farm, hosted our virtual field trip.

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MAITC had a fantastic following for our Facebook Live Virtual Field Trip to Meadowlark Turkey Farm on Tuesday, November 26! The live video introduced students of all ages to Ashley and Jon Klaphake and the turkeys they raise. We were excited to have nearly 2500 viewers and over 200 questions pouring in from classrooms across Minnesota. The live videos can be viewed on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's YouTube Channel on our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Facebook page.

AgMag - Sign-up for the Winter Issue Today!

The winter issue of the 4th-6th grade AgMag magazines will be arriving to schools in early January. If you'd like to receive this FREE resource, subscribe today using our online order form. Be sure to visit the AgMag website to find student-focused activities, and digital content as well as teacher guides and supporting resources for grades K-6!

Winter AgMag Issue

What's Growing On in Minnesota? - MAITC Podcast

Christmas Tree Farmer

Will Almendinger, from Run River Tree Farm in Oak Grove Minnesota, shares his insight into growing the perfect Christmas tree! Will has been Christmas tree farming for many years, and in 2017 Rum River Tree Farm grew the winning Christmas Tree at the Minnesota State Fair.  

To access this podcast and previous podcasts, visit our SoundCloud page and tune in!

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MAITC Foundation New Executive Director

Ann Marie Ward of Bemidji, MN has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.  

Ann Marie shares, “This opportunity to lead and continue the growth of MAITC, working with a team of amazing staff that are truly powered by passion, will be most rewarding. I am excited to work with supporters, grow new partnerships and pursue the Vision: Ag is valued by all.”

Ann Marie comes to the organization as the previous executive director, Joel Mathiowetz, steps back from the organization. Joel shares, “These past six years have been a blast and I’m humbled and honored to have served as the MAITC Executive Director.”

MAITC Foundation Executive Director

Outgoing MAITC Foundation Executive Director Joel Mathiowetz and newly hired Executive Director Ann Marie Ward

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to November Trivia winners Julie Kovacik and Carol Maser! Both Julie and Carol knew that a newly hatched turkey is called a poult.

December Trivia Question: What type of evergreen trees have flat needles?

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