WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – February 11, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) supported by the Iowa Pork Producers Association has awarded four scholarships to students researching pork and swine.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – January 27, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 180 grants to schools throughout Iowa to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.
Des Moines, Iowa – January 16, 2020– Iowa’s rich soil makes the state a leader in agricultural production. Soil health is a key factor in that productivity. Now teachers and other educators can learn about soil biology and how science can help manage soil health through a new graduate course offered by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.
Des Moines, Iowa – January 10, 2020– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and New York Agriculture in the Classroom has launched a new podcast. Outstanding in Their Field (https://agclassroom.org/outstandingpodcast/) is a podcast will provide information and inspiration through a lens of food and agriculture. The podcast will hear from educators who are creatively teaching and inspiring their students in food and agriculture. It also features agriculture industry experts showing the technology and science of modern food production.
Coon Rapids, Iowa, – January 6th, 2020 – Elementary students at Coon Rapids-Bayard Elementary School have been receiving monthly agriculture programs from Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC). This regional effort of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has allowed over 120 elementary students to learn how agriculture impacts their lives.
Neola, Iowa. – December 30, 2019 – Preschool, first, and second grade students at Tri-Center Community School learned all about evergreen trees with a Discover Christmas Trees lesson from Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC). The lesson was presented just prior to the students leaving on Christmas and holiday break.
Treynor, Iowa, – December 16th, 2019 – Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom recently completed a four-part lesson on soil with three second grade classes at Treynor Elementary. This series began on November 3rd with a demonstration about the earth’s water supply.
West Des Moines, Iowa – December 12, 2019–Tara Norman, a third-grade teacher from Osceola, Iowa is the recipient of the Iowa Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture award presented by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Norma 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 in West Des Moines, Iowa on December 12, 2019.
The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Iowa Pork Producers Association are announcing a new program to encourage more students to get involved in swine and pork science research. Iowa students who complete and conduct a science experiment that is related to pigs, pork, pig production, swine care, or in a related subject area will be eligible to receive a $200 scholarship.
The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has recognized student winners in a cross-curricular program for elementary, middle, and high school students. The experiential learning contest allowed students to creatively develop a marketing strategy for a turkey product of their choice, while learning about the multitude of agricultural careers and skills it takes to develop and sell a product.
West Des Moines, Iowa – November 12, 2019 – 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.
Carroll, Iowa – November 12, 2019 – Preschool classes within the Kuemper Catholic School System received a lesson on agriculture using pumpkins as an example. Three morning and two afternoon classes each had a chance to explore pumpkins, inside and out. The students were familiar with using pumpkins for carving, but there was much more to learn.
Students explore four weeks of life cycles Irwin, Iowa – November 4, 2019 – Third grade students at IKM-Manning Elementary School have been exploring the life cycles of soybeans, chickens, sunflowers, and apples. Third grade teachers Lori Petersen and Greg Polzien invited Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom to speak to students about life cycles. The goal was to help students learn about the similarities and differences of different living things.
Des Moines, Iowa – October 23rd, 2019 – The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization will hold their annual meeting and conference in Des Moines, on June 29 through July 1, 2021. The conference moves to a different region of the country every year and this will be the first time Iowa has hosted the event.
Des Moines, Iowa – October 22, 2019 – A new non-fiction book by children’s author Katie Olthoff is now available and tells the story of raising chickens and producing eggs on an Iowa farm. My Family’s Egg Farm is available by request free for students and teachers from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF).
Harlan, IA., – September 23, 2019 – Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) has completed its first school year of classroom programing. This regional effort of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation includes the counties of Carroll, Crawford, Harrison, Shelby, and West Pottawattamie.
Council Bluffs, IA., – July 17 th and 18 th, 2019 – On the morning of July 17 th, in the board rooms of the Council Bluffs Community School District Building, teachers began a two-day workshop that would introduce attendees to agriculture teaching opportunities not too far from the city. Some of the schools represented were Treynor, Tri-Center, and College View in Council Bluffs. After introductions, the group boarded a charter bus and set off on a tour that took months to plan.
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) has selected four state Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) projects for funding this year as part of a competitive grants program called ‘Fire-Up Grants’ to support the growth of agricultural literacy in pre-kindergarten-12 th grade classrooms across the country.
Ankeny, Iowa – June 4, 2019– Employees from the Bayer-Ankeny site recommended the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to receive a $4,000 grant from the Bayer Fund. Funds from the grant will be used to support the teacher professional development efforts in Ankeny and around the greater Des Moines metropolitan area.