June Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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THANK YOU Teachers!

As the 2021-22 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 and curricula. We hope you find many opportunities to rest and recharge this summer. THANK YOU!

Sign-up for AgMags for the 2022-2023 School Year!

K-6 teachers, get a jump start on the 2022-2023 school year by visiting our AgMag website 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 22-23 AgMags Today!

AgMags with Teacher

Christina Sue Lilja Grants

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture(AFBFA) is accepting applications for Christina Sue Lilja (CSL) Grants! Applications are due June 30. Eighty-five K-12 educators will win!

Christina Sue Lilja Resource Grants are made possible by the CSL Foundation. The CSL Foundation was established to carry on late AFBFA director Christy Lilja's beliefs of helping others in need and to continue to advocate for educating K-12 teachers and students about the importance of agriculture.

The purpose of these grants is to provide funds to educators to enable them to purchase accurate agricultural literacy materials from the AFBFA store for use in their classrooms. By providing this grant, AFBFA hopes to help students gain access to more accurate information about agriculture.

Apply Today!

Christina Sue Lilja Grants

Ag Academy: Passion to Career for 5th-8th Graders

Are your 5th-8th graders ready for an awesome ag experience? 4-H and FFA are hosting Ag Academy: Passion to Career, a three-day, two-night camp for youth in grades 5-8 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Youth will have an opportunity to explore careers in agriculture while experiencing a college campus! This camp will provide fun hands-on experiences with animals, communication, food and more - all taught by college professors and industry leaders. Registration closes on June 17, 2022.

Register 5th-8th grade students!

Ag Academy

Summer Reading Spotlight

Summer is a great time to dig into a great book - or lots of books! Here are a few of our favorite agriculture-themed books to get you started!

Zora's Zucchini

Zora's Zucchini

The first zucchini of a summer garden is always exciting, but what happens when the plants just keep growing...and growing...and growing? Zora soon finds herself with more zucchini than her family can bake, saute, or barbecue. Fortunately, the ever-resourceful girl comes up with the perfect plan—a garden swap!.

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.



One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden.

Farm Camp Minnesota

Farm Camps are not your typical field trip! During these hands-on experiences, students increase their curriculum knowledge by making real world connections and increase their ag literacy by having all senses engaged while they tour. They meet an expert in the field that can provide them with answers to their questions. And most importantly, they have fun learning and interacting with agriculture!

May was a busy month for Farm Camp Minnesota! Over 500 students from all over the state attended on-farm experiences, learning about crops, cattle, dairy, goats, pigs, alpacas, and chickens!

Want to host a Farm Camp experience out to your farm? Click here to get connected.

Teachers wanting to engage their students in a Farm Camp experience can click here!

Farm Camp - kids by wagon

Ag Trivia

June Trivia Question: June is National Dairy Month! How many dairy farms is Minnesota home to?

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win drawstring bag and My Family's Dairy Farm book.