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Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program Offers Matching Grants

The Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program is accepting applications for matching grants, up to $500, that will be awarded to groups conducting activities that promote agricultural literacy in K-12 schools. Projects that use funds toward an ongoing, sustainable education effort will receive preference over one-time programs. Applicants must have a matching donor for their …

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Wisconsin Farm Bureau Seeks Coordinator For Ag in the Classroom Program

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for the position of Ag in the Classroom Coordinator. Duties include developing and maintaining a strong base of materials and resources for K-12 teachers and students that meet Wisconsin Academic Standards as provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This position works directly with local Agriculture in …

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Janesville Teacher Recognized for Agricultural Literacy Work

Carmen DeKok, a fourth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, is this year’s recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program’s Outstanding Teacher Award. The Rock County teacher has worked closely with Rock County Ag in the Classroom and has taught several county and district essay contest winners. Each year the Wisconsin …

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Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program Awards Teacher Mini-Grants

Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program has awarded thirteen teacher mini-grants to be used for agricultural literacy lessons and activities. The $100 grants, funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, provide opportunities for teachers to obtain funding that may not be available through their local school budgets. The following teachers were awarded grants: …

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Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program Announces Book of the Year and Essay Contest Topic

Each year, the Ag in the Classroom program holds an essay contest in conjunction with the Book of the Year for fourth- and fifth-grade students throughout the state. This year’s essay contest topic is, ‘What’s Popping in Wisconsin? The value of corn to our economy!’ Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom is kicking off the 2021-2022 …

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Ag in the Classroom State Fair Culinary Contest Winners Named

Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program sponsors an annual culinary contest at the Wisconsin State Fair. Winners from the August 8 contest have been announced. This year’s contest theme was “Wisconsin Dreamin’… Legend-dairy Wisconnie-strone Soup”. Participants had to bring along a label from all Wisconsin products used in the dish. There were 11 …

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Teacher Mini-Grants Available for Ag Literacy Projects

Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program is offering mini-grants of up to $100 to fund projects that promote agricultural literacy. Grants can be used for innovative lessons, activities, resources, presentations, school fairs and other creative ideas. The proposed project must be targeted to grades pre-K through 12 and should enhance student knowledge of …

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Applicants Sought for Outstanding Teacher Award

Do you know an educator that does a great job incorporating agriculture into their classroom? If so, encourage them to fill out an application for Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Certified teachers currently integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula in the pre-K through high school levels are eligible to …

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Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Hosts Summer Trainings

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom program will offer three virtual and two in-person summer trainings for teachers, volunteers, home school parents, 4-H and FFA leaders, and others interested in learning about the program’s educational resources. UW-Biotrek Science Virtual Workshop will be on Thursday, June 17, 9-11 a.m. via Zoom. The presenter is …

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Plainfield Student Wins Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest

Elli Rettler, a fourth-grade student from Plainfield, is the state winner of the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest. Wisconsin fourth- and fifth-grade students were asked to write a 100- to 300-word essay with the theme, ‘How have Wisconsin soybean farmers fueled Wisconsin’s economy?’ Elli is the daughter of Jessica and Matt Rettler. Her …

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