Between the Rows
Between the Rows is a monthly newsletter for participating teachers, volunteers, and friends of Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom. 
May 2021
Celebrate National Beef Month
May is National Beef Month! You can celebrate by enjoying a juicy cheeseburger or steak, or better yet, wrap up your school year by inviting an Agriculture in the Classroom teacher to present a standard-aligned, hands-on, 60-minute lesson to discuss how technology has affected the specialization of Nebraska's economy. Connect this virtual opportunity to fourth grade social studies standards to understand how beef farmers and ranchers utilize technology through an interactive Beef Jeopardy game! If you’re not a fourth grade teacher, check out our other lesson opportunities we have available to present to your classroom.
And the Winners Are...
Thank you to all of the teachers from across the state who scheduled a Classroom Visit this school year! Nearly 4,000 students participated in 350 lessons taught in 33 counties from across Nebraska. Congratulations to our 12 classrooms that will receive an accurate agriculture book and to our grand prize winner that will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. 
Amazon Gift Card Winner
Colleen Hosick, Fairview Elementary
Book Winners
Danelle Brown, DC West
Rieley Burtzel, Lothrop Magnet
Arlys Cupp, Chase County
Faith Doerr, Concordia Academy
Emma Groshans, Maxey
Sarah Kohlhof, Messiah Lutheran
Book Winners
Heather Kramer, Rousseau
Maria Kruse, St. Margaret Mary Catholic
Amanda McKibbon, Wake Robin
Kristine Ray, Fredstrom
Melissa Romohr, Sagewood
Kristin Ruelas, St. Vincent de Paul
Ag Pen Pal Reminders
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!

Evaluation
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. 
Congratulations 2021 FFA Advisors of the Year
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation selected two recipients for the annual FFA Advisor of the Year award. AnnaLisa Estrela from Ashland-Greenwood High School and Brian Johnson from Litchfield High School were honored on April 8 during the 2021 Nebraska FFA Virtual State Convention. The winning advisors received a plaque and a $1,000 donation to their FFA chapter. 
Connecting Chapters Reminders
FFA Chapters: Keep making a difference in your community. Sign up today to participate in Connecting Chapters for the 2021-2022 school year! 

Finish Strong! Don’t forget to complete Task Five by May 30. Submit your video here!
Making the Connection Agricultural Literacy Conference
ATTENTION farmers, ranchers, educators, and volunteers! Join us on Tuesday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Kearney for an exciting NEW one-day conference that will equip you to lead agricultural literacy activities in your Nebraska communities. There is NO COST to attend!
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. 
Lesson Plan: Flower Power
Explore pollination by buzzing into this activity where students will observe physical characteristics of flowers and explore principles of pollination. 
Gifts at Work
With your help, Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom helps student get their hands on agriculture. More than 7,000 students received hands-on activity kits this school year. Your support will ensure these resources continue to be available at no cost to schools. 
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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