November Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Turkeys in Minnesota


November is the time for celebrating TURKEYS!  Since Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the United States, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) has decided to highlight turkey and Minnesota turkey farmers in a variety of different ways this month.

Virtual Field Trip

Turkey Farm Virtual Field Trip

Join us on a virtual fieldtrip to a Minnesota turkey farm!  We will meet Badger Creek Turkey Farm owner Samantha Gessell and experience a day in the life of a turkey farmer. We will also get up-close and personal with their poults (baby turkeys) and students can ask questions about how turkey farmers care for their birds!

This 30-minute virtual field trip is targeted for K-5 students.
Zoom Registration

This virtual field trip will also be streamed live on YouTube and available for viewing later.

Turkey-themed Lessons

Animal Life CyclesA Rafter of TurkeysThe Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner

2021-22 AgMag Series

K-6 AgMags

It's not too late to sign-up to receive your FREE AgMags!

Visit the AgMag website to sign up for the FREE AgMag series. It features two grade-specific issues in print and online for each K-6 grade level. The AgMag content aligns with Minnesota academic standards, allowing for seamless integration into your curriculum. Teach your students about agriculture in our state in an easy, free - and FUN - way!

Sign-up for the 2021-22 AgMag today!

Explore Agricultural Literacy Grants

Ag Literacy Grant

The MAITC Foundation is excited to offer grants to K-12 teachers, as well as 4-H and FFA groups! Applicants are encouraged to be creative and develop interesting, valuable agricultural experiences for their students that address multiple curricular areas. 

Applications are due November 15, 2021.

Apply for the Outstanding Teacher Award

Outstanding Teacher Award

One MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award will be given to an educator currently engaged in classroom instruction at the K-12 grade levels. This award will recognize the teacher for his/her creative efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture. The winning Minnesota teacher will receive $500 and have up to $1,500 of related expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 28-July 1, 2022 in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

Applications due November 15, 2021.

Classroom Visit by Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Princess Kay of the Milky Way serves as the goodwill ambassador for the nearly 2,500 Minnesota dairy farmers and is excited to share her dairy story with your classroom. Her visit is free and can be tailored to any age group. Anna Euerle, the 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, grew up in Litchfield, MN and works on her family’s dairy farm while attending Ridgewater College. Anna will bring dairy to life for your students through positive discussions about farms, cow care, and dairy farmers' dedication to produce wholesome and nutritious food in a socially responsible sustainable way.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity for your students, visit to request Princess Kay of the Milky Way for an appearance. You will then be contacted by Janet Bremer, Minnesota Dairy Princess Coordinator to evaluate your request and discuss Princess Kay’s availability.

Ag Trivia

November Trivia Question:

What is the incubation period required to hatch a turkey egg?

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