April Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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2021 Teacher Tours

Virtual Summer Teacher Tours

We are excited to offer Virtual Summer Teacher Tours that will inspire and empower educators to infuse agriculture into their science, social studies, language arts and health/nutrition curricula! Attendees will virtually explore the world of agriculture by visiting farms, processing centers, research facilities, and even have the chance for some culinary fun with a professional chef! Resources, hands-on activities, and interactive ideas for integrating agriculture in your curriculum will be also be discussed and shared.

Register Today!

Wheat tour

WHEAT: From the Farm to the Plate

June 15th, 2021, 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Follow wheat from the farm to flour grinding and pasta making!  Virtual tours and live Q & A will occur at a wheat farm, Baker's Field Stone Mill, and Northern Crops Institute processing facilities.  An evening culinary experience is part of this virtual tour!

Global Tour

Agriculture: From Local to Global

June 22nd, 2021, 9:00 a.m.- Noon

Investigate local and global food systems!  Virtual Tours will include a soybean farm, soymilk and tofu processing site, and Featherstone Produce farm.


Sota Grown Tour

'Sota Grown Food Pod

July 13th, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Explore the ‘Sota Grown Food pod virtually! See how a fully enclosed hydroponic container can be used to supply locally grown food, year-round in Staples, Minnesota.


Soil Fuels Success Tour

Soil Fuels Success

July 20th, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Discover what's really in soil and why it’s so important to take care of this resource! Virtually dig-in to the evolution of conservation tillage on the Ponwith Family Farm near Eagle Lake, MN as well as the impact of soil and conservation on the agriculture industry and our world .

2021 Summer Teacher Tour details and registration information

April Virtual Field Trip

Join us as we visit the Mathiowetz Family Farm in Morgan, Minnesota. Joel is a fifth-generation farmer working alongside his father, brother and two uncles raising corn, soybeans and peas. We will be in the tractor with Joel as he explains the process for planting seeds and growing crops.

DATE: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

TIME: 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

REGISTRATION and VIEWING INFORMATION:  https://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/virtual/

April Virtual Field Trip

April Webinar - Preparing for May: Beef Month

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Join Regional Curriculum Specialist, Sarah Kuschel, to learn about the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom lesson plans and resources to pair with Beef Month in May. Lessons for all K-12 grade levels will be highlighted and attendees will get a sneak peak of the May Virtual Field Trip to Brenny Farms and brainstorm ideas for beef-themed fun! 

Register Today!

April Webinar

Farm Camp Minnesota

Want to create an engaging, personalized agricultural experience for your students that goes beyond the classroom?  Our new Farm Camp Minnesota program connects classrooms to on-site tours (virtually or in-person) to increase ag literacy and build deep connections to our agricultural community!  

Learn more on our Farm Camp website: farmcampminnesota.org

Contact our Farm Camp Program Director to brainstorm ideas about an opportunity for your students. Email director@farmcampminnesota.org to connect!

Farm Camp Minnesota

AgMag - A Resource for All Learning Environments

If you are not a subscriber, it's not too late! These standards-based, agriculture-themed magazines are available FREE to educators and ag advocates across Minnesota. We offer two issues for each grade level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-6. Simply fill out the online order form and we’ll send them 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! 


2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) is excited to offer educators the opportunity to attend the 2021 NAITCO Conference June 28-July 1, 2021 in-person in Des Moines, Iowa, or virtually. Please explore the conference webpage.


National Ag in the Classroom

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to our March trivia winners Jeannie Konecne and Tanner Berris! Both Tanner and Jeannie knew that CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

April Trivia Question: It's time to think about spring planting! A great guide to use when selecting plants to grow is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. Which zones are included in Minnesota?

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