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No Fair? No Problem!


Wes Des Moines, Iowa – July 23, 2020– Agricultural education is always a focus at the Iowa State Fair. From baby animals to food production and more, you will find plenty of exciting activities and events to explore more of Iowa's diverse agriculture industry. But with the State Fair no longer happening, the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is offering several opportunities to learn about agriculture and win some prizes.

Fair Week to Include Scavenger Hunts: Agriculture Trivia Stations


Harlan, Iowa, – July 13th, 2020 – County fairs will be doing things a little differently this year, and agriculture education is adapting as well. Carnival rides, games, and food stands will be postponed and in person activities will need to be limited, but fun and learning with Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) can continue.

Teacher Professional Development Redesigned


Harlan, Iowa, – June 18, 2020 – The first half of 2020 has brought many changes, and Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) teacher professional development has changed too. A two-day workshop was scheduled that included onsite tours and guest speakers but was changed to a virtual platform after safety concerns of COVID-19 limited group size.

Bayer Fund to Support Teacher Professional Development in Iowa


Ankeny, Iowa – June 11, 2020– Employees from the Bayer-Ankeny site recommended the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to receive a $2,000 grant from the Bayer Fund. Funds from the grant will be used to support the teacher professional development efforts in Central Iowa.

Virtual STEM Festival: Presenting the Soybean Life Cycle Online


Harlan, Iowa, – June 2, 2020 – STEM festivals were one of the many events effected by COVID-19 closings this school year. Agriculture in the Classroom coordinators, like Melanie Bruck, would have been traveling to multiple schools to present activities on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These community events would have reached many families, educating young and old alike about the importance of agriculture.

Agriculture Virtual STEM Fest Offered to Iowa Students


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – May 21, 2020 – Iowa students are invited to a free, live, virtual STEM festival from their home to finish out the school year. Hosted by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, the virtual STEM festival will focus on agriculture and the food system.

Video Conferencing Lessons From the Farm to Students


Persia, Iowa, – May 8th, 2020 – Melanie Bruck looks out her home office window and sees a tractor pass by pulling a feed wagon. The cows are bellowing loudly. It is feeding time. It is also almost time to begin class. She is about to conduct a virtual lesson from her farm with Underwood Elementary. She has brought lessons on agriculture to almost 10,000 students, but never from her computer before.

Iowa Classroom Winners Selected in High Steaks! Beef Marketing Competition


West Des Moines, Iowa – April 23, 2020 – How would you like to try a tasty dish of beef tongue tacos or cheesy beefsteak bake? Iowa students from across the state recently participated in the High Steaks! Beef Marketing Competition in a bid to win judges over with their knowledge of beef products and marketing savvy.

Council Awards 2020 Excellence in Agriculture Education


Des Moines, Iowa – April 17, 2020– The Iowa Council on Agricultural Education awarded Algona Community School in Algona, Iowa with the 2020 Excellence in Agriculture Education award. The award will be presented at the Iowa Association of Agriculture Educators Conference held in Ames, Iowa June 22-24, 2020.

Teacher Professional Development to Prepare for Student Success


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – April 14, 2020– Two-day professional development workshops for teachers will be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and partner organizations.

Virtual Chick Hatching Experience


Harlan, Iowa, – March 25, 2020 –Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom had recently started two incubation lessons with Kuemper Catholic School System and Tri-Center Community School District. When schools closed to help slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19, the lessons moved online. The incubators are automatic, however needed to be monitored and water needed added every few days. Instead of discontinuing the programs, program coordinator, Melanie Bruck, moved the incubators to her home and office and the lessons to Facebook Live.

Virtual Tour of Farm Celebrates National Ag Week and Iowa History Month


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 23, 2020 – Without leaving home, students will be able to tune in and interact live with a farmer and take a tour of their farm through a virtual experience. This FarmChat® program will celebrate National Agriculture Week and take place on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Virtual Learning through Agriculture


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 23, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) announced today a number of new resources that will support teachers and student learning online and virtually. The resources are made available for free and are accessible immediately.

Students Learn the Job Description of a Farmer


Dow City, Iowa, – March 16th, 2020 – How many hats does an Iowa farmer wear? Student visitors to the World of Work STEM night in Dow City had the chance to see how many roles a farmer might need to fill daily.

Local Agribusiness Supports Agriculture in the Classroom


Woodbine, Iowa, – February 21, 2020 – Agriland FS, Inc. representatives Gary Dickinson and Christine Doonan presented a check to Melanie Bruck of Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) at their new facility in Woodbine, IA. This donation helps to support the work of LHAITC serving students PK-12 by delivering agriculture lessons that align with science and social studies standards.

Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Pork and Swine


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.

180 Grants Support Students Learning Agriculture


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.

Online Soil Health Course Offered: Helping Educators Understand Complex Issues of Soil Biology


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.

Outstanding in Their Field: New Podcast Launches Connecting Educators and Farmers


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 ( 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.

Agriculture Monthly with Coon Rapids-Bayard


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.