Minnesota Agriculture in
the Classroom News
November 2015

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New AgMag Website!
Check out our new interactive and kid-friendly AgMag website! Take some time to explore all the activities, games and resources!  Educator guides for the AgMag and AgMag Jr. as well as complimentary lesson and activity ideas are also included on this website.
Tiffany Malecha
Teacher Feature
Ms. Tiffany Malecha
Kindergarten Teacher 
Greenvale Park Elementary School 
Northfield, MN

What advice do you have for integrating agriculture into the curriculum and classroom?
Implementing agriculture into the classroom can be as simple as having a conversation about where food comes from or as elaborate as planting a garden and maintaining it. MAITC provides free, wonderful resources and lesson plans to help all teachers get started. As a teacher, I believe you will discover new things about agriculture. Agriculture is not just about farm animals. It's about crops, soil levels, land formations, weather, fruits and vegetables, and so much more!  

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MAITC Outstanding Teacher Award

The MAITC Foundation is excited to present the Outstanding Teacher Award to a K-12 educator who integrates agriculture into his/her classroom and curriculum. The winning Minnesota teacher will receive $500 and have up to $1,500 of his/her expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 20-24, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Please encourage an outstanding teacher you know to apply by November 18, 2015!

Online Application
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October 2015- Farm to School Month

In Minnesota, 208 school districts representing approximately 609,370 students, participate in Farm to School programs (according to the 2012 USDA Farm to School Census). The Minnesota Department of Agriculture visited 11 of those schools throughout the state last month to celebrate Farm to School month and highlight the local foods they are serving in their cafeterias. The MDA Farm to School Grant has supported 51 projects with over $1 million in support to help schools process Minnesota grown foods over the last three years. Farm to School programs help students make connections to how and where their food is grown, provides fresh food for healthy meals, and supports community and economic development.

Farm to School Page 
Agriculture Trivia

Congratulations to Sara Britton for being the first person to respond with the correct answer to our October trivia question.  Sara knew that the the average field corn stalk holds just one ear of corn.

November Trivia
The first person to email the correct answer for the question below will win a coffee mug courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Which state in the USA leads the nation in turkey production?

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

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom | www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc