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Author Read Alouds and StoryWalks Highlight March Celebrations

3/2/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – March 2, 2021–Read Across Iowa kicked off with dozens of events around the state and a live, virtual read aloud of the My Family’s Soybean Farm by the author, Katie Oltoff. Read Across Iowa is a month-long celebration of the joys of reading to students of all ages making all children feel valued and welcomed. This agriculturally themed Read Across Iowa event and the accompanying resources feature books and materials about agriculture that will appeal to all readers.

Crawford Co. Farm Bureau donates $2,500 to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom

3/1/2021

Harlan, Iowa, – March 1, 2021 – Members of the Crawford Co. Farm Bureau approved a $2,500 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) to support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Crawford Co. Farm Bureau has supported LHAITC since 2018.

Iowa Corn Promotion Board Supports 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Conference in Des Moines, Iowa

2/17/2021

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) is sponsoring the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference “Fields of Dreams” scheduled for June 28-July 1 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa to educate the hundreds of teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (Pre-K-12) who will attend about Iowa’s top crop and the hundreds of consumer products that come from it.

Harrison County Farm Bureau Supports Agriculture Programs

2/8/2021

Harlan, Iowa, – Feb. 8, 2021 – Members of the Harrison Co. Farm Bureau have approved a $2,500 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) to support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Harrison Co. Farm Bureau has supported LHAITC since 2018 and has helped ensure the continued success.

Student Researchers Receive Scholarships to Study Pork and Swine

2/3/2021

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – February 5, 2021 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) supported by the Iowa Pork Producers Association has awarded three scholarships to students researching pork and swine. The middle and high school students, who come from different schools, will conduct research projects and present their findings at science fair events throughout Iowa over the next two months.

142 Grants Awarded to Support Students Learning Agriculture

2/1/2021

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – January 29, 2021 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 142 grants to schools throughout Iowa to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

West Pott. Co. Farm Bureau Donates $10,000 to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom

1/12/2021

Council Bluffs, Iowa, – Jan. 11, 2021 – Members of the West Pottawattamie Co. Farm Bureau have recently approved another $10,000 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC). This donation will support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Funding for (LHAITC) began in 2018 and has helped ensure the continued success of agricultural programing for students in Council Bluffs and in the surrounding areas.

Read Across Iowa Celebrations to Encourage Students: Free Books Available to Educators for March Activities

1/11/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – January 11, 2021–Read Across Iowa will be celebrated on March 1, 2021 and throughout the month of March to bring the joys of reading to students of all ages making all children feel valued and welcomed. This agriculturally themed Read Across Iowa event and the accompanying resources will feature books and materials about agriculture that will appeal to all readers.

A Bushel of Stories Writing Contest to Inspire Student Authors

1/8/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – January 8, 2021–A Bushel of Stories is a new agriculture writing contest for Iowa students in grades 3-8 organized by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Students are challenged to write a story book about agriculture or food. Student entries will be judged, and the winning submissions will be published.

Shelby Co. Farm Bureau Donated $10,000 to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom

12/22/2020

Harlan, Iowa, – December 21, 2020 – Members of the Shelby Co. Farm Bureau recently approved a $10,000 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) to support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Shelby Co. Farm Bureau was instrumental in establishing LHAITC in 2018 and has helped ensure the continued success.

Des Moines Teacher Recognized for Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture

12/16/2020

West Des Moines, Iowa – December 15, 2020–Rhonda Osborn, a fourth-grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa is the recipient of the Iowa Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture award presented by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Osborn competed against other elementary, middle, and high school teachers to earn the honor. She was recognized at a ceremony at the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation board of directors meeting held virtually on December 15, 2020.

Agriculture-Related Classroom Projects Around the Country to Receive CHS Foundation Grant Funding

12/15/2020

Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will learn their reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons through agricultural-related activities thanks to 15, $500 grants awarded by the CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO).

2020 Annual Report

12/15/2020

2020 annual report

Iowa Farm Bureau Supports 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Fields of Dreams" in Des Moines

12/9/2020

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, a supporter of the state’s agriculture industry for the last 100 years, will be a top sponsor of the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization’s conference “Fields of Dreams” scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.

My Family’s Dairy Farm by Children’s Author Katie Olthoff

12/8/2020

Des Moines, Iowa – December 8, 2020– A new non-fiction book by children’s author Katie Olthoff is now available and tells the story of raising cows and producing milk on an Iowa farm. My Family’s Dairy Farm is available by request free for students and teachers from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF).

Specialty Crop Block Grant Promotes the Use of Lavender

12/3/2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 3, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) received a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to help grow demand for the Iowa specialty crop of lavender.

Lavender School Lessons - News/Talk 1540 KXEL-AM

12/2/2020

Radio interview with Tim Harwood

Tyson Foods Grant Continues to Support Student Literacy

11/30/2020

STORM LAKE, Iowa – November 30, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) received a $15,000 grant from Tyson Foods that supported the development of a Spanish translation of their popular student reader Iowa Ag Today.

Grants Available to Help Teach Agriculture This School Year

11/19/2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – November 18, 2020– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is making mini-grants available to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

Woodbine Students Take a Ride in a Combine, Virtually

11/18/2020

Woodbine, Iowa, – Nov. 4, 2020 – Kindergarten students experienced this year’s corn harvest from the viewpoint of a farmer. Melanie Bruck, education program coordinator for Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom was able to bring her iPad into the combine and connect with 36 students during two days of programming.

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