January Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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January Focus Area: Minnesota Beans!

Our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) team is celebrating the 2023-2024 school year by selecting a focus area for each month. Our January focus area is Minnesota beans! Check out bean-themed professional development, K-12 lessons, videos, AgMag features and more that highlight the soybeans, dry beans, and green beans grown in Minnesota!

Visit our new webpage featuring these monthly focus areas for more details.

Bean-Themed Professional Development

Bean-themed professional development

After School PD with MAITC: Minnesota beans!

Join us on Zoom for an exciting look at Minnesota Beans!

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

What: MAITC team members will demonstrate lessons for all grade levels that not only explore Minnesota grown beans (soybeans, pinto beans, kidney beans, and more!) but also investigate how beans are used in Minnesota, the US and the world.

Joe Smentek from the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Shane Frederick from the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, and Mitch Coulter from the Northarvest Bean Growers Association will share specific examples of how, where, and why Minnesota beans are traded and exported around the world.

Examples of lessons that will be shared:

Several lucky teachers will receive lesson kits, bean samples, and complimentary registrations to a 2024 Summer Teacher Tour.

1 CEU will be provided to attendees.

Register Today!

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarships

National Conference Scholarship

The 2024 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will take place June 24-27, 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Teachers, this is a conference you won't want to miss!  Engaging speakers, inspiring breakout sessions, exciting agriculture-themed tours, and opportunities to connect with teachers from across the US are all part of the fun!

All pre-K through12th grade teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2024 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarship ($1,300 value).

Scholarships will provide:

  • One early bird registration ($485)
  • Up to four nights lodging at conference location

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • State-certified classroom teacher
  • Pre-K through12th grade teacher
  • Currently employed by a public or private school
  • Plan to teach during 2024-2025 school year

Complete the Application by February 15, 2024!

Save-the-Date: 2024 Farm and Food Book Week

Farm and Food Book Week

MAITC is excited to host the fourth annual Farm and Food Book Week! Plan to join us on Zoom, February 20-23, 2024, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day for virtual agriculture-themed book readings by special guest readers. Additional details will be shared by the end of January.

Farm Camp Minnesota

What is farm camp

Farm Camp is a three-part, immersive, agricultural experience tailored to each classroom and curriculum.

Each Farm Camp starts with in-class learning to increase student knowledge. Then, students tour an agricultural site that shows how real-world agriculture is used in daily life. It ends with a career connection lesson that highlights the diverse careers available in the agriculture industry!

Visit the Farm Camp website to get connected with the program director and brainstorm Farm Camp opportunities for the students in your community!

January Trivia

January Trivia Question: Beans are a member of what plant family? Hint: This plant family is able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form of nitrogen plants can use.

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