Between the Rows
Between the Rows is a monthly newsletter for participating teachers, volunteers, and friends of Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom. 
January 2021
Race Across Nebraska!
Participate in a race across Nebraska with Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom! From soybeans to pig habitats and beef technology to apple trees, Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom has reimagined classroom learning this school year. Classrooms are invited to participate in virtual customized lessons and hands-on activities to get their school on the map! 

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 virtual classroom visit in a county is worth one point. 

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
  • Twelve classrooms will win an accurate agriculture book!
  • One classroom will win a grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Can you get your county on the map? Share with other teachers to improve your chances to win! We're now scheduling for Spring 2021.
Apply for a Scholarship to Attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference!
Thanks to the generosity of Lancaster County Farm Bureau, eight $1,000 scholarships are available for teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference. Applications are due February 5, and the conference will be held June 28 – July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

What: National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Where: Des Moines, Iowa
When: June 28 – July 1, 2021
Award: Eight $1,000 Scholarships

Eligibility: Certified Nebraska kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers currently teaching at a public or private school in Nebraska are encouraged to apply.

For five scholarships, preference will be given to applicants teaching in Lancaster county.

For three scholarships, no preference for teaching location.
Ag Pen Pal Reminder
Farmers and Ranchers: It’s time to write a second letter! Please send your second letter to your pen pal classroom by January 31, 2021

Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to the Ag Pen Pal Program. This program would not be a success without your generosity! 

Have questions? Contact Ashley at or (402) 421-4747. 
Connecting Chapters Reminders
FFA Chapters: Please submit your photo for Task 2: Read and Donate a Book.

County Farm Bureau Leaders: A package is in the mail to your home this week! This package includes a handbook and information to support a successful meeting with your FFA chapter(s) to complete the final step of the 2020-21 program. 

Questions? Contact Courtney Shreve, director of outreach education, at or (402) 421-4461.
Let Us Know!
First-Grade Teachers: Are you using Mapping Our Food? Take our survey for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card for your classroom! Mapping Our Food is an integrated first grade language arts and social studies resource. The complete kit includes letters from youth farmers, posters featuring food items, and a map with stickers to track the locations of Nebraska farmers and ranchers. The teacher’s guide features connections to state standards, worksheets, and hands-on activities for further learning.
Literature Guide: The Thing About Luck
Expose students to quality literature and accurate agriculture information through this lively text! This Literature Guide provides step-by-step activities and lesson ideas for reading the book The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohota, which gives readers a taste of the culture of those whose livelihood comes from agriculture.  
Join our Facebook Group!
Join our Facebook group to connect to a community navigating Agriculture in the Classroom resources and Virtual & At-Home Learning. 
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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