Between the Rows
Between the Rows is a monthly newsletter for participating teachers, volunteers, and friends of Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom. 
April 2021
Celebrate National Soy Foods Month
Engage with an education specialist in a standard-aligned, hands-on, 30-minute lesson to learn about the many uses of soybeans! Connect this virtual opportunity to second grade social studies standards to gain an understanding of the role of goods and services and supply and demand in a community. 
2021 Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation has selected Becky Streff for the 2021 Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year honor. Learn about the outstanding way Becky incorporates agricultural lesson in her classroom!
Ag Pen Pal Reminders
Classrooms: It’s time to write your third letter! Please send your third letter to your farmer/rancher pen pal by April 30, 2021

Sign Up
Sign up is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! The program will begin September 1, 2021. Every year this program matches volunteers to help more than 5,000 students understand the agriculture around them!

Evaluations
Please share comments about the 2020-2021 Ag Pen Pal Program. All feedback is welcome and will help us to improve the program!

Have questions? Contact Ashley at agpenpal@nefb.org or (402) 421-4747. 
Connecting Chapters Reminders
FFA Chapters: Have you met with your County Leaders? Please complete this form to let us know!
County Farm Bureau Leaders: If you have not heard from your FFA Chapter, please contact Megahn at megahns@nefb.org or (402) 421-4162.
The Race is On!
There is still time to join our Race Across Nebraska to reach every county in the state! 

Race Details
  • Goal: Earn 10 visits in your county to be entered to win a prize!
  • The race ends April 30, 2021 - your visit must be completed by this date to earn a point.
  • Each classroom visit in a county is worth one point.

Prizes
If your classroom has participated in a classroom visit and your county has earned 10 points, your classroom will be entered in a prize drawing to be held May 3, 2021.
  • 12 classrooms will win an accurate agriculture book!
  • 1 classroom will win a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!

Can you get your school on the map? Share with other teachers to improve your chances to win!
Field of Dreams Registration Now Open
Registration for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference scheduled for June 28 – July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa is officially open! The conference will be held as a hybrid conference with an in-person and virtual option for attendees. 

Topics covered include the science behind renewable energy, diversity in accurate agriculture literature, and hydroponics. 
White-Reinhardt Community Grants
Plan ahead! Applications for Fall 2021 White-Reinhardt Community Grants are now open! Grants are offered to county Farm Bureaus in amounts up to $1,000 for agricultural literacy programs for grades K-12. Application deadline is April 15

Idea: Work with your local FFA chapter to submit an idea to bring agricultural literacy to your community!
Making the Connection Conference
Join us on May 25 at the Kearney Holiday Inn for an exciting NEW one-day conference that will equip volunteers to lead agricultural literacy activities in their Nebraska communities. (There is no-cost to attend!)
Lesson Plan: Seeds, Miraculous Seeds
As Spring approaches, use this lesson to develop an appreciation and understanding of the natural development of seeds, learn the anatomy and function of each seed part through a seed dissection, and classify seeds as monocots or dicots. 
CONNECT WITH US!
Agriculture in the Classroom® is a program coordinated by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In Nebraska, the Agriculture in the Classroom program is managed by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, whose mission is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans.

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