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Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Announces Grants to Counties

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program is proud to announce the Cook County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program received funding of $8800 for the 2017-2018 School Year.   Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom based these grants to counties off of the 2016-2017 year-end reports.  Kevin Daugherty, Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program said, “County level programs are the biggest strength of our IAITC efforts.  The county programs work to integrate agriculture into existing classroom curriculum.” In 2016-2017, the Illinois AITC program reached 661,797 students with a message about agriculture.  Additionally, 40,634 teachers and 1,144 pre-service teachers learned how to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum while meeting state learning standards. “Cook County is privileged to have such a wonderful teaching community who is committed to including agriculture into their lessons from Grades pre-K t ...

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Ag in the Classsroom Grants now open for 2017-18

P R E S S   R E L E A S E   Bloomington—The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation, along with the Illinois Farm Bureau® are pleased to announce our 2017-2018 Classroom grants.  Teachers are urged to apply for these (up to) $300 classroom grants to incorporate new and exciting agriculture related topics into their existing classrooms.   Additionally, six other special book grants are available for teachers to easily incorporate lessons tied to the Common Core Learning Standards, into their existing Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum.  “Our teacher grants are an added bonus for teachers looking to incorporate new and creative ideas into their classrooms during these financially challenging, school funding times,” said Kevin Daugherty, Education Director Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Teachers are urged to contact their local agriculture literacy coordinator for ideas and assistance in applying fo ...

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Farm Tours - Summer Teacher PD Conferences

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation will host two programs this summer, June 26-30, 2017 and July 11-14. 2017 for teachers.  Earning PDCH credit or Graduate Credit, educators will have the opportunity to explore the farm to table process through farm and agri-business tours.  Industry experts will round out this hands-on professional development experience which is meant to provide the educational tools to incorporate the topic of agriculture into existing curriculum.  To learn more or to register ($125), contact the Ag Literacy Coordinator at aitc@cookcfb.org or by calling 708-354-3276.  Programs limited to 20 teachers.

 

Summer 2017 Professional Development (SAI 1 and 2)

Ag in the Classroom Summer Internship

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Agriculture in the Classroom summer internship.  This position works extensively with children and adults throughout our summer programming.  If you are majoring in agriculture and have a passion for sharing your ag knowledge with others, consider this opportunity by visiting our website at: http://www.cookcfb.org/foundation/internships.  Position is located in Countryside, IL from late May through early August.  



Harvest and Holiday- Farm to table lessons for the classroom

Calling all teachers!  Join us for a 2 hour workshop on October 19th to learn ways to integrate agriculture into your lessons from Halloween through the end of 2016.  Lessons will focus on corn, soybeans, science, math, literature and more.  Each teacher earns 2 PDCH credits for attending this free program.  Bring resources back to use immediately in your classroom.  Pre-registration required via email to aitc2@cookcfb.org  Visit our website for more information at www.cookcfb.org/agliteracy.  

Harvest and Holiday- Farm to table lessons for the classroom

Calling all teachers!  Join us for a 2 hour workshop on October 19th to learn ways to integrate agriculture into your lessons from Halloween through the end of 2016.  Lessons will focus on corn, soybeans, science, math, literature and more.  Each teacher earns 2 PDCH credits for attending this free program.  Bring resources back to use immediately in your classroom.  Pre-registration required via email to aitc2@cookcfb.org  Visit our website for more information at www.cookcfb.org/agliteracy.  

Free 4th Grade School Classroom Visits Begin

Call today to schedule your Agriculture in the Classroom one hour program.  Our professional presenter visits each 4th grade classroom at your school to teach students the farm to table concept including how food and fuel is produced, processed and distributed.  The program connects to all classroom concepts, especially science and social studies and fits into Common Core and NGSS standards.  Students will have thoughtful discussion, hands-on activities and follow-up materials to bring home.  The free program is available to Cook County schools and consists of two offerings for 4th grade and one middle school science-based presentation.  Email aitc2@cookcfb.org or call 708-354-3276 to schedule a visit between September and May. The mission of the Ag Literacy program is to expand students' awareness and appreciation for the importance of agriculture everywhere.  The Cook County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program visited over 300 schools in 2016 and taught to over 25,000 stude ...

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CCFB hosts Ag Day

More than 400 third grade students visited Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences Thursday, 3/26/15  to experience Illinois agriculture in celebration of National Agriculture Day. Ag Day honors those farmers who are sustaining future generations by feeding, fueling, and clothing the world.  This annual Ag Day event is sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation.Participating schools include Wadsworth STEM, Mount Greenwood and Sherwood School (all in Chicago) and St. Cletus School (LaGrange), Walker School (Bedford Park), Graves and Walsh Schools (Summit).    Students learned about some of the top Illinois agriculture commodities and spent two hours rotating through stations focusing on bees, soil, corn, soybeans, horticulture, dairy/beef, pork, embryology and how farmers care for their animals at the “live animal” station. &n ...

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Ag Lit Bit - The Artic

What comes to mind when you hear “The Artic”?  Perhaps it is the weather Chicago endured this winter.  Or you may think of Boston and the wicked Artic blasts and snow they experienced this year.  Or you may think of Polar Bears (they live in areas where they can hunt seals including Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway).   What might not come to mind is apple.  The Artic Apple.  If you aren’t already familiar with it, you will be soon.  The Artic Apple, which will be available in Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties, are genetically engineered in a way to suppress the production of an enzyme that causes browning when cells in the apple are injured during packing, shipping or even from slicing. Controversial? Yes, indeed.  Some consumers are thrilled with the thought of their children not tossing away apple slices because they’re brown and unappealing, while others are incensed with the thought of a genetically engineered appl ...

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