October Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Combines harvesting 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 many exciting ways to connect agriculture to science, social studies, language arts and health/nutrition. Our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Team is here to assist you during harvest season and beyond. Please reach out to our MAITC team of Education Specialists and Regional Curriculum Specialists

Farm to School Month Virtual Field Trips

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate our connections between students and local food and farmers. We've had an awesome experience getting a know the farmers at Goldenrust Farm, Deer Lake Apple Orchard and Revol Greens! Check out recordings of these virtual field trips on the MAITC YouTube website.

We still have two more LIVE opportunities to meet farmers and tour farms that provide vegetables, milk and more to Minnesota school cafeterias.

  • 10-10:30 am, Thursday October 22: New Roots Produce Farm, Moorhead, MN
  • 10-10:30 am, Thursday October 29: Ahlgren Dairy Farm, Central MN

For viewing information and to register visit: https://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/virtual/

Virtual Field Trips

Professional Development Webinars

Our MAITC team is excited to offer three Professional Development Webinars in November. Join us for thirty minutes to gain resources and ideas you can immediately implement with your students.

  • Digging into the Curriculum Matrix, 4-4:30 pm, Thursday, November 5
  • 6th Grade Minnesota History, 4-4:30 pm, Thursday, November 12
  • MAITC: Not Just for Elementary, 4-4:30 pm, Thursday, November 19

For additional information and to register visit: https://minnesota.agclassroom.org/programs/workshops/

Professional Development Webinars

AgMag Subscriber Winners 

Four lucky subscribers to our AgMag series were randomly selected to win a $25 gift card!  Congratulations to Christy Davis and Paula Herbranson who are subscribers to the print AgMag magazines and Donna Cates and Kimberly Vickery who logged-in to our AgMag online website.

It's not too late to become an AgMag subscriber! AgMag K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-6 are available FREE to educators and ag advocates across Minnesota. Simply fill out the online order form and we’ll send printed AgMag magazines to you. 

Order your FREE AgMags today!

Also, visit our new AgMag website to access the content digitally along with teacher guides, interactive student activities and more! Our MAITC team is really excited about this new website! 

Check out our AgMag online video!

Subscribe to the AgMAg

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 related expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 28-July 1, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. Applications due November 15, 2020.

Outstanding Teacher Award

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 15, 2020.

Agricultural Literacy Grants

Ag Trivia

October Trivia Question: October is a busy corn harvesting month for Minnesota farmers.  How many kernels are on the average ear of field corn?

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.