August Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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2023 AgMag sign-up

Sign-up for AgMags for the 2023-24 School Year

Did you know that there’s a free, custom magazine for grades K-6 available to all teachers and students? Each AgMag issue aligns with Minnesota academic standards, and there are also free lesson plans for each edition to seamlessly integrate into your curricula! AgMags provide a unique piece for students to engage with beyond their typical textbooks and materials. The print magazine and digital content feature real-life Minnesota farmers and businesses, highlighting people and organizations that kids can feel a connection to.

Sign-up for the 2023-24 AgMags Today!


Minnesota teachers- we need your help! MAITC wants to make sure every K-6 teacher in Minnesota has heard of the AgMag series. We want you to share details about the AgMag with your networks for a chance to win $250!

Here are the details:

  1. Follow Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom on Facebook and/or Instagram.
  2. Post the AgMag graphic found above (or your own photo/video/reel) and include how to sign-up for the AgMag and why you use it in your classroom. 
  3. Use #mnagmag
  4. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@mnagclassroom)
  5. Make it a public post or DM us a screenshot of your post so we get your entry
  6. Post between August 15, 2023, and September 14, 2023.

A random drawing will be held on September 20, 2023 to select two winners. 

**Winners must be Minnesota teachers!

***Giveaway is hosted by the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Summer Teacher Tour Success!

Teacher Tour group

It's been an incredible summer with MAITC hosting four different Summer Teacher Tours! Teacher Tours are designed to give educators hands-on experience with Minnesota agriculture to take back to their classroom. This summer we saw nearly 100 teachers over the four tours. The tour experiences included touring an ethanol plant, participating in a rainfall simulation to see soil impacts, helping transplant plants on a produce farm serving the community, talking with 8,000 tom turkeys, tasting a variety of vegetable crops at a farm supplying schools and restaurants, discovering MAITC classroom resources, and more! Explore these blog posts to learn more:

A Day in the Life of a Farmer Teacher Tour

Mystery Teacher Tour

Finding Food for All Teacher Tour

Harvest of the Month Teacher Tour

Agricultural Literacy Grants

Ag Literacy Grants

The MAITC Foundation is excited to provide cash awards to K-12 educators through the Agricultural Literacy Grant Program. These grants encourage educators to bring agriculture and food systems education "to life" by integrating related content into their classroom. Grants are available for new ideas as well as enhancements to current events/activities. 

FFA Chapters and 4-H programs are also eligible for grant funds to promote agricultural literacy with students in their community.

Apply by September 1, 2023

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom at the State Fair

state fair

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) will be leading hands-on activities from 9:00-11:00 a.m. every day of the Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 24-Sept. 4)! You can find us in the North Wing of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture exhibit space. See you at the Fair!

Adopt A Cow for the 2023-24 School Year

Adopt a Cow

Forget the guinea pig. How about adopting a 1,500-pound dairy cow for your classroom mascot? 

The Discover Dairy “Adopt a Cow” program is an exciting, year-long experience for your classroom. Throughout the program, you’ll get an inside look at dairy farming and be paired with a calf from a working dairy farm in the United States. You’ll find out what her name is, when her birthday is, where she lives, and how the farmer takes care of her. You’ll also receive progress updates, photos of the cow, live chats from the farm, activity sheets for your students, suggested lessons that follow Common CORE standards, and even opportunities to write letters to your calf! All updates are easily accessible via an online portal and app for Apple and Android.

Register for this school year by September 15, and join the moo-vement that has impacted 1 million students across the globe! Visit to learn more about the free program.

August Trivia

August Trivia Question: How many baby animals are born at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center during the Minnesota State Fair?

Send your answer to The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a MAITC travel mug.

CHS Miracle of Birth Center

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