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USDA NIFA Invests $300K to Help Iowa Teachers and Students with Supervised Agricultural Experiences

7/13/2021

Wes Des Moines, Iowa – July 12, 2021– The Iowa Council on Agricultural Education announced today it received a grant for $300,000 to be administered by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to support teacher professional development of Supervised Agricultural Experiences for high school agriculture education students. This grant will train 50 teachers per year for the next four years.

Local Coordinator Presents at National Conference

7/8/2021

Des Moines, Iowa – June 29, 2021 – Fields of Dreams was the theme of this year’s National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) conference which was hosted in Iowa. Presenting at a national conference was a like dream come true for Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) education program coordinator, Melanie Bruck. Bruck was selected to present at the 2020 conference, however an in person gathering of teachers and coordinators from all 50 states was not possible, due to travel restrictions.

IALF Receives $4,000 Grant from Bayer Fund to Support Reading

6/15/2021

Ankeny, Iowa – June 14, 2021– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation announced today it received a grant for $4,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to support their Read Across Iowa celebrations. Read Across Iowa provides books and educational resources – all agriculturally based to help inspire students to read and learn about the food and fiber system. This grant will focus on expanding the program in Ankeny and the greater Des Moines metro area.

Making an Impact with Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom

6/11/2021

Harlan, Iowa – June 4, 2021 – Throughout Carroll, Crawford, Harrison, Shelby, and West Pottawattamie counties, Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom programs have conducted 227 class presentations reaching 3,247 students and 331 teachers this past school year. An additional 2,921 students learned through a virtual story time about the commodities that we produce right here in Iowa. Programing continued to reach new students enabling them to discover the important role that agriculture plays in their daily life.

$4K Bayer Fund Grant will Support Teacher Learning about Water Quality

6/9/2021

Huxley, Iowa – June 9, 2021– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation announced today it received a grant for $4,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to support the teacher professional development course Step Up the Science of Water Quality. This grant will train 24 teachers on best practices of water quality management by landowners.

Caring for Animals on the Farm

5/13/2021

Harlan, Iowa – May 7, 2021 – Students at the Shelby Co. Catholic School took a walking field trip on Friday. On the field trip they met Melanie Bruck, education program coordinator for Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom. Bruck had with her four baby chicks (which were part of the school’s hatch program and had hatched the week before), two baby goats, a Border Collie, and one bottle calf.

Iowans Receive Scholarship to Attend National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

5/12/2021

Six teachers from across Iowa have been selected to receive scholarships from the CHS Foundation to attend the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference “Fields of Dreams” scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Students Connect Farm to Plate with Pizza-themed Projects

4/16/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – April 16, 2021–A 3rd grade class from Fredericksburg Elementary in Fredericksburg, Iowa has won the 2021 Pizza-thon contest with a project titled Pizza Preparation Celebration. The contest for Iowa students in grades 3-5 was organized by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Students were challenged to create a product procurement plan explaining where ingredients in pizza come from.

Classroom Winners Awarded in High Steaks! Beef Marketing Competition

4/13/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – April 13, 2021 – How would you like to try a tasty dish of beef fajitas or spicy bacon beef nachos? 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.

Continuing Education in Agriculture for Teachers to be Offered

4/6/2021

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – April 6, 2021– Professional development workshops for teachers and educators will once again be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and partner organizations.

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

4/5/2021

Harlan, Iowa, – April 5, 2021 – Members of the Carroll Co. Farm Bureau approved a $10,000 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) to support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Carroll Co. Farm Bureau has supported LHAITC since it was organized in 2018.

 Grants Help Teachers Educate Students about Agriculture: 72 Grants were Awarded to Help Integrate Agriculture into Classrooms

3/25/2021

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 24, 2021 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 72 grants to schools throughout Iowa to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

Student Authors Win Bushel of Stories Contest

3/24/2021

West Des Moines, Iowa – March 23, 2021–A 5th grade student from Kingsley, Iowa and a 7th grade student from Kiron, Iowa have been named the winners of the Bushel of Stories agriculture writing contest. The contest for Iowa students in grades 3-8 was organized by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Students were challenged to write a story book about agriculture or food. Eighty-five student entries were submitted and judged with the winning two set to be published.

Farm Bureau Members Read to Students in Five Counties

3/8/2021

Harlan, Iowa – March 5th, 2021 – Bringing farmers and kids together is one of the ways that Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) is celebrating the month of March, a month dedicated to reading across Iowa.

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.

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