June Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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THANK YOU Teachers!

As the 2020-21 school year ends, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) wants to thank ALL educators who have explored agriculture with their students! We are in awe of how educators rose to the challenge of continuing to provide positive learning experiences for their students. Educators, we sincerely appreciate your energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to integrate agriculture into your classrooms, curricula and distance learning activities. THANK YOU!

2021 Teacher Tours

Virtual Summer Teacher Tours

We still have room for you in our July Virtual Teacher Tours! 

Register ASAP!

Sota Grown Tour

'Sota Grown Food Pod

July 13, 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 20, 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

2021-22 AgMag Series


K-6 teachers, when you're ready to think about next school year, visit mnagmag.org to sign up for the FREE AgMag series that features two grade-specific issues in print and online for each K-6 grade level. AgMag is a perfect accompaniment to traditional textbooks and resources, offering close-to-home examples about producers and agricultural business to help kids connect with agriculture and learn more about how food and goods get from the farm to their home.

Sign-up for the 2021-22 AgMag today

Farm Camp Minnesota - Virtual 5th Grade Ag Day

5th grade Ag Day Farm Camp

Farm Camp Minnesota and Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism partnered to create a Virtual Fifth Grade Ag Day to fourteen classrooms and 286 students! 

MAITC's Farm Camp provided lesson plans, technical support, and consistent communication with educators, while the Chamber Ag Committee found the AgHosts (farmers) and created a fun Ag Kit mailed to the classrooms, including samples of pig feed to engage the students during the Farrow to Finish Hog Farm Tour.
Students zoomed in to four farm tours covering everything from corn and soybeans to lambs, pigs and cattle, oh my!

"I think the whole day in general was great! Viewing the farms close up and in parts of the farms the normal person wouldn't see was a great experience for the kids," said Paul Carlson from Redwood Valley Middle School.

Farm tours were only one part of the Farm Camp experience. Prior to Ag Day, teachers taught in-classroom lessons from MAITC to engage the students and create baseline knowledge of what they would see on Ag Day. The Redwood Valley FFA provided a video STEM lesson for the fifth graders to learn about barn specifics and engineer their own barn on Ag Day in between tours.

"This collaborative effort is what we would love to see across the state of Minnesota with Ag organizations partnering with schools to provide an interactive ag experience for students. Farm Camp is the bridge that connects educators and AgHosts while providing logistics support and resources to make for a successful, immersive agricultural experience," adds Ann Vote, Farm Camp Program Director.

Want to create an experience like this for students in your area? Learn how to get started at farmcampminnesota.org or contact the Program Director at director@farmcampminnesota.org

Farm Camp Minnesota

Ag Trivia

June Trivia Question:

June is National Dairy Month! What is the most popular breed of dairy cattle in the United States?

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