Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom News 
July 2015
Juanita Reed-Boniface accepts award
Juanita Reed-Boniface accepts the National Ag Advocate Award with MAITC staff Al Withers and Sue Knott, and Stephen Coy, representing the National Grange Foundation who sponsored the award.

2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference!

Congratulations to these Minnesotans who were honored at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 16-20th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky!   

National Ag Advocate Winner - Juanita Reed-Boniface 

Minnesota State Winning Teacher  - Lori Hodge 

CHS Scholarship Winners - Michaela Bengtson and Mark Wackefuss  

In This Issue
Teacher Feature  Michaela Bengtson
Michaela Bengtson
7th-12th grade teacher
DREAM Technical Academy
Willmar, MN

Ms. Bengtson is a recipient of a CHS Scholarship that allowed her to attend the 2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.    


"Agriculture is a wonderful format for my students to explore the world.  They are able to connect things that they love like food and animals in order to learn science, math, english, and so much more!  I am able to use MAITC materials to give them resources for their projects!"

MAITC Infographic
Our newly created Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Infographic provides valuable information about the purpose of our program, the resources we have for educators, and the impact we make.  We are excited to have these available at upcoming events and conferences.
Infographic - front Infographic - back
Fantastic Resources  
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Picture Book Biographies
Author Peggy Thomas was the keynote speaker at the 2015 NAITC Conference.  Her fantastic children's books focus on the strong agricultural connections in the lives of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. These books are a must-have for your classroom, library and home.
 Farmer George Plants a Nation Book cover Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation book cover

Minnesota Made Magazine
This free magazine, created by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, provides information about Minnesota agriculture and how it affects our daily lives.  Explore both the print and digital copies today!  http://www.MNagriculture.com
Minnesota Made Magazine
Agricultural Trivia
Congratulations to Sam Northey for being the first person to respond with the correct answer to our May trivia question.  Sam could tell from the photo that the Glessing family brought two holstein calves to St. Michael's Farm Expo.  Rounding out the top five responders were McKenzie Gregory, Katrina Bender, Maureen Hauck, and Sara Britton.
July Trivia
The first person to email the correct answer for the question below will win a reusable shopping bag from the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education.
Minnesota is the nation's leader in production for several agricultural crops and livestock.  What are two of these commodities?

Email your answer to  Sue Knott to be eligible for the prize!