February Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Farm and Food Book Week

Farm and Food Book Week

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is excited to host the first ever Minnesota Farm and Food Book Week! During the week of February 16-19, 2021, classrooms can join us on Zoom for virtual agriculture-themed book readings by special guest readers. Visit our website for date and time options. Guest readers include: 

  • Amanda Radke, Author
  • Brenna Connelly, Princess Kay of the Milky Way
  • CJ Ham, Minnesota Vikings Player
  • Cael Carlson, U of M Golden Gopher Wrestler
  • Carrie Tollefson, Olympic Runner
  • Emilee Xayanourom, MN FFA Vice President
  • Heather Brown, WCCO Morning News Anchor
  • Jasmine Stringer, Speaker
  • Jaycie Thomsen, U of M Golden Gopher Cross Country and Track Athlete
  • John Thomas, Vice President of Basketball Development: Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx
  • Michelle Weber, Minnesota Author and Illustrator
  • Patrice Bailey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner
  • Stephanie Johnson, Executive Director: Twins Community Fund
  • Tracy Maurer, Minnesota Author
  • Thom Peterson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner

Classrooms that register and attend will be entered to win one of five book bundles ($200 value each).

Register Today!

Professional Development Webinars

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

  • Books about Agriculture!, 4-4:30 pm, Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • MAITC Youth Leaders, 7:30-8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Hatching Chicks in your Classroom, 4-4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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

Professional Development Webinars

Harvest of the Month


With USDA Farm to School grant funds, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Education are developing a Harvest of the Month (HOTM) Program so schools can access local food monthly in the cafeteria, classroom, and community. The HOTM Program will promote the use of seasonally available and locally grown products in school nutrition programs.  Educational resources will extend the program into classrooms.    

Educators, we need your help to identify the resources that would best support you in integrating Harvest of the Month into your curriculum!  Please take a few minutes to complete this ten question, multiple choice survey.  

Complete the Harvest of the Month Survey!

AgMag - A Resource for All Learning Environments

Subscribe to AgMag

Become an AgMag subscriber so you can receive our winter and spring AgMag issues! 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.

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!

Ag Trivia

February Trivia Questions: What Minnesota author wrote the book John Deere, That's Who!?

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