May Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Beef calf with kids

Kelcie, Rohan and Mackenzie Kuschel pose with a beef calf on Rocking K Ranch near Sebeka, MN.

Let's Celebrate Beef Month!

May is National Beef Month and we are here to celebrate! Join us for a beef-themed virtual field trip and explore our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) resources to find fun connections between agriculture and science, social studies, math, and health and nutrition.

May Virtual Field Trip: Brenny Beef Farm

Join us as we visit Brenny Farms near Mazeppa, Minnesota. Ted and Katie Brenny are fifth-generation farmers. They raise beef cattle and are also committed to being environmental stewards of the land by improving water quality and natural habitat.  

DATE: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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


To get a sneak peak of this virtual field trip and explore beef-themed lessons and resources, check out the recording of our Preparing for Beef Month workshop.

May Virtual Field Trip

May Virtual Workshop - Curriculum, Crops, and Cattle

As educators we always wonder how we can bring lasting experiences into our classrooms that provide students with life-long skills. Join Regional Curriculum Specialist Sarah Kuschel and guest Amy Mastin, 2018 Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient, to learn how using Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom resources can lead to awesome student experiences in a successful school garden, cattle company, and more.

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Register Today!

April Webinar

Minnesota History: Football and Farming Virtual Event

Fuel Up to play 60 vikings

Midwest Dairy is inviting forth-sixth grade students and teachers to join retired Minnesota Vikings linebacker, Chad Greenway, and Minnesota dairy farmer, Charles Krause, as they bring your classroom on a mini-tour of the Vikings Museum. They’ll also have an engaging discussion about the changes to their respective football and dairy farming “fields” over the years. Classrooms will have a chance to earn fun prizes, including signed merchandise and museum tickets.

DATE: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

TIME: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

REGISTER by May 21, 2021

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 by June 1, 2021!

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

Pilot Minnesota's New Harvest of the Month Program

Harvest of the Month Program Goals

Are you interested in building your school’s Farm to School programming and could use some help figuring out how to get started? The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Education (MDA, MDE) invite school-based teams to apply to pilot the Minnesota Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program next school year. 

Apply Today!

Assemble your team (nutrition staff, educator, administrator, community partner).

Complete the online application and submit by Friday, June 4, 2021.


Farm Camp Minnesota

If you love virtual agriculture field trips, you'll love our Minnesota Ag in the Classroom's newest initiative: Farm Camp Minnesota! This three-day immersive experience for students pairs in-classroom learning with an on-farm tour. Having an open conversation with farmers and ag businesses allows for deeper knowledge of ag careers, systems and connections.

Learn more on our Farm Camp website:

Contact our Farm Camp Program Director to brainstorm ideas for Farm Camp opportunities in your community. Email to connect!

Farm Camp Minnesota

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to our April trivia winners Julie Dierks and Julie Kovacik! Both knew that several USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are located in Minnesota, most predominately Zone 4. 

May Trivia Question:

Which part of a beef animal do T-bone steaks come from?

  • A. Chuck
  • B. Loin
  • C. Rib
  • D. Round

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