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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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, 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.
West Des Moines, Iowa – November 18, 2020– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Iowa Turkey Federation are happy to announce the winners of the 2020 Gobble Up! Turkey Marketing Competition.
Harlan, Iowa, – October 29th, 2020 – In August of 2018, five county Farm Bureaus coordinated their Agriculture in the Classroom efforts with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom would work with teachers and support students in 21 school districts learning about agriculture. Teachers in Carroll Co., Crawford Co., Harrison Co., Shelby Co., and West Pottawattamie Co. would have access to a dedicated coordinator who was available to visit PreK – 12th grade classrooms.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – October 19, 2020– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is making mini-grants available to support the integration of agriculture – specifically eggs and chickens -into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.
Des Moines, Iowa – October 16, 2020– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Iowa Pork Producers Association are announcing a second year of the 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.
Des Moines, Iowa – October 13, 2020–Many teachers throughout Iowa integrate agriculture into their classroom to enrich student learning experiences and apply science, social studies, language arts and many other subjects. Through an awards program of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation those excellent teachers can be recognized for their efforts.
West Des Moines, Iowa – October 2, 2020 – Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy initiatives. This local grant award is part of more than $4 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 850 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states that Dollar General serves.