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What is a farmer? Moooving with STEM

Ever ask a group of high school kids “what is a farmer?” Leslie Prudhomme, On the Farm STEM participant, writes a guest blog that includes an outline for a Project Based Learning Unit that has students develop a farm plan. 

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Jul/05/2016

National Pollinator Week

We've got the buzz on pollinator lesson plans and resources! 

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Jun/20/2016

Addressing Animal Agriculture in Children’s Books

"Would children understand why the main character’s steer couldn’t just come home and live a happy life on the farm? Would the reader understand why, if the main character sobbed as she led her animal into the auction ring and eventually onto the awaiting trailer, she would choose to show again the following year?"  by guest blogger, author Michelle Houts 

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Jun/13/2016

Searching for Middle Schools to Test Pilot STEM Maker Kits

Grants are being made available for middle schools selected to test pilot STEM maker kits

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Jun/09/2016

New Pizza Ag Mag is a Delicious Way to Engage Students

Mamma Mia! That's one tasty resource! This nonfiction text reader for grades 3-5 will engage students as they learn about the agricultural origins of their favorite pizza toppings, the history of pizza, and some awesome ag careers. 

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Jun/06/2016

STEM Game Teaches Students Where Peanut Butter Comes From

Operation Peanut Butter, the new My American Farm Game, tests students' math skills while teaching them where peanuts come from!

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Jun/02/2016

Get Started on a “Growing” Science Project

The school year may be coming to an end, but for students wanting to experiment with agriculture-, plant- or food-related science, summer can be a great time to start thinking about next year's science project. Guest writer, Amy Cowen from Science Buddies gives us some tips!

2016 My American Farm Outreach Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that after sorting through many applications, the recipients of the 2016 Outreach Grants have been chosen.

It’s A Bit of a Beef

Theresa Balan, participant in the AFBFA STEM Experience, writes about her urban students. 

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May/25/2016

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May/23/2016

Goat vs Sheep and Other Ag Mixups

There are lots of agriculture misconceptions and mix-ups out there. Is hay the same as straw? Is a combine a tractor? It can all be a little confusing. We break down some common mix-ups in this blog.

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May/18/2016

Where do Eggs Come From?

Where do eggs come from? What do all of those labels like cage free, free range and organic mean? In honor of National Egg month Lara Durben, Communications Director for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota and the Midwest Poultry Federation answers these questions! 

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May/09/2016

Where Do Raisins Come From?

We interviewed a raisin farmer to find out what goes into making a raisin!

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Apr/28/2016

Gardening Life Lessons

Connecting with the earth allowed the students to transport themselves and each other across cultural and language barriers, behavior issues, and stressful home environments. 

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Apr/26/2016

Connecting College Students to Agriculture, A Success Story

What do you do when students make it all the way to college and don't understand where food comes from or why and how it is produced?  Dr. Robert Beckstead of UGA did not sit idly by, he created a college level class to get students to think critically about ag.

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Apr/22/2016

Beefing Up STEM

“American farmers in many ways have surpassed most fields in their use and application of STEM.” Denise Johnson, Director, Hollingsworth Science Center, Houston Independent School District writes of her experience with Beefing up STEM 2016. 

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Apr/20/2016

Celebrating Volunteers

We will be celebrating ag literacy volunteers all year by adding more stories to this article! Thank you to everyone who goes out there and helps educate about agriculture! 

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Apr/11/2016

What Makes a Good Ag Book?

Looking For A Good Book About Agriculture? Guest blogger Kevin Daugherty, the Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program, writes what makes a good "ag" book.  

Farm Books

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Apr/04/2016

School Gardens: The Why and How

Resources on getting support from your administration for a school garden, how to start a garden, and getting students excited to plant! 

Classroom Ag

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Mar/28/2016

Great Greens! A Festive Foods List

We are seeing green! Read about where some of our favorite green foods come from. Perfect for the start of spring! Includes book recommendations, videos and more. 

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Mar/15/2016

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