November Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Happy November!

November has been the month when we get out our winter gear, enjoy pumpkin spice everything, and celebrate TURKEY! Minnesota produces more turkeys than any other state in the US. Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is here to assist you with creative ways to integrate turkeys and agriculture into your curriculum. Please reach out to our MAITC team - we'd be happy to help you any way we can!

Turkey Farm Virtual Field Trip

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Although turkey is a staple on our Thanksgiving table, not many Minnesotans have the opportunity to visit a turkey farm. Here's your chance!  Meet sixth generation turkey farmers Erica and Eric Swatzke of Oakdale Turkey Farm near Kensington, MN on our November virtual field trip. Viewers can join the virtual field trip via Zoom or YouTube. The virtual field trip will last approximately 30 minutes and will be recorded and available on the MAITC YouTube site for later viewing.

DATE: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

TIME: 10 -10:30 am 


Swatzke family at Oakdale Turkey Farm

AgMag - a resource for all learning environments!

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 AgMag magazines to you. These print pieces are perfect for in-person learning and can be sent home with students for distance or hybrid learning

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! This website is a great tool for distance and hybrid learning!

Use the online and print AgMag versions together as they supplement and complement one another!

Subscribe to the AgMAg

Supporting Farm Youth in Stress - Online Workshop Series

A struggling farm economy and other concurrent production, social, and cultural challenges, including COVID, have been difficult and even destructive to farm families. Children and adolescents may be living in tense situations, feeling isolated, and with little ability to make sense of what is going on around them. Caring adults in the community can make a big difference.

This online workshop series includes four interactive 45-minute sessions. Teachers, coaches, school counselors, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, pastors, youth leaders and others who interact with farm youth are encouraged to attend to develop insights and skills to help recognize, understand and support farm youth experiencing stress. 

DATES:  Monday, December 7 – Thursday, December 10, 2020

TIME:  8:30 – 9:15 a.m. each day (Central time)


Youth Farm Stress

Aquaculture Challenge

The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center invites 8th-12th grade students to participate in the 6th annual Aquaculture Challenge program. This science competition allows teams of students to design and create an aquaponics system. The competition is composed of three parts:

  1. Design and create a tabletop (200ftor less) aquaponics system
  2. Monitor the system
  3. Complete an outreach project, a research project, or a business plan

A $250 stipend is offered to participating teams to build and monitor their systems.  Additional information can be found at

Aquaculture Challenge

Ag Trivia

November Trivia Questions: What is the term used for a mature male turkey?

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