New York Agriculture in the Classroom | January 2021
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Important Dates:

Jan. 8- Commodity Icon Art Contest Submissions Due

Jan. 12- Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy Virtual Field Trip

Jan. 14- Oneida-Herkimer Waste Management Authority Complex Virtual Field Trip

March 1NY Farm Bureau Scholarship Due

March 15-19- Agricultural Literacy Week 2021

June 28- July 1- National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
TWO New Virtual Field Trip Opportunities!
Extend your learning about holiday trees and what happens after the celebration with our upcoming "Cut to Compost" mini series! New York Agriculture in the Classroom will be featuring two Virtual Fields Trips this month. 

The first will be to Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy on Tuesday, January 12 at 12:30pm where students will learn how one innnovative farm family upcycles Christmas trees using their goat herd

The second Virtual Field Trip will be to Oneida-Herkimer Waste Management Authority Complex on Thursday, January 14 at 10am where we will see Christmas trees being processed on an industrial level. Visit our website to register and learn more. 
Art Contest Deadline Approaching!
Calling all artists! New York Agriculture in the Classroom is searching for talented young artists from across New York State who are interested in helping us create a new statewide agricultural commodities map. 
Our digital commodity map will be an agricultural literacy resource designed to help students and teachers more fully learn about the robust and expansive food and fiber systems found in New York State. To participate, you must be a NYS student in grades 3-12. The winning artist will win a framed commodity map, a $100 gift card, their art displayed at The Great New York State Fair, an awards presentation at school, and more! The sponsoring teacher will also earn one aeroponic Tower Garden for their classroom. All participants will have a chance to have their art selected for display in our Student Commodity Art Show at View Arts in Old Forge, NY. Visit our website to learn more and submit artwork by January 8, 2021
NY Farm Bureau 2021 Agricultural Youth Scholarship Applications Open
Graduating high school seniors who plan on continuing their education to prepare for a career connected to agriculture are eligible to apply for the New York Farm Bureau 2021 Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Three scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,200, and $1,000 will be awarded. Applications are due via email or postmarked by March 1, 2021. The application and more information is available on the New York Farm Bureau website.
Most- Viewed Lessons on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
Happy New Year! As we dive into the new year, let's take a look at the most-viewed lesson plans on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix in 2020. These lessons meet education standards AND contextualize topics in agricultural literacy. 

  K-2 Lessons                                     3-5 Lessons

  6-8 Lessons                                     9-12 Lessons 
Teacher Resources
Biosecurity Learning Modules
Six self-guided learning modules introducing students to biosecurity on farms. Discover why biosecurity is important, identify what kind of disease agents can be prevented or controlled using biosecurity measures, find the sources of disease, and understand how transmission takes place. 
Revisit this book, movie, and website for educators. Peel back the layers of history to expose the great forces that have shaped human history over the last 10,000 years.
Elementary Resources
This Little Pig
Students will learn basic information about pigs and the products they provide through reading the book, Pigs, by Gail Gibbons, completing a worksheet, and participating in a class activity during this lesson
Students will use the story of The Empty Pot to explore literature and science, practicing story mapping and learning about the needs of plants and the importance of soil and water. Like the characters in the story, students will plant and observe the growth of seeds in this lesson
Got Guts?
In this lesson students will investigate the different digestive systems of livestock and learn how animals have unique nutritional needs based on these structures. Students will also discover the responsibilities of an animal nutritionist.
Enjoying the Harvest
Students will identify the parts of a wheat plant and wheat kernel and investigate the process of milling wheat kernels into flour in this lesson
Middle School/ High School Resources
Fungi Multiplication
Learn about edible mushroom cultivation and how one mushroom multiplies into many more in this lesson! Create a spore print, and explore ecology concepts by experimenting with mold and yeast growth and researching species of fungi. 

Through project-based learning, students conduct surveys with their peers at school about healthy food products they think will be marketable for school concessions. Based on surveys and research, they choose an in-demand product to test in class and then present to a guest panel as a healthy choice. 
Food Science: Bread Dough Challenge
Students explore the phenomenon of what makes bread dough rise. Using baker's yeast, students will observe alcoholic fermentation and its connection to cellular respiration as they are challenged to act as food scientists and develop the best recipe for quick-rising bread dough in this lesson
Federal Lands: Ranching & Recreating on Common Grounds
Using various forms of maps, students will analyze public lands in the western United States, describe how ranchers raise food and fiber on federally owned land, and discuss different points of view concerning public lands use and public lands grazing in this lesson
January Book Nook
An Orange in January
From blossom to the hands of a child, an orange is seemingly bursting with sunshine even on the coldest of January days. An Orange in January is a story about a child who shares his juicy orange segments on a cold day and feels the sunshine it brings to all.
The Year at Maple Hill Farm
In January, the cows stay in the barnyard, and the chickens don't lay many eggs. By March, you can tell spring is coming: the barn is filled with baby animals. Month by month, the animals at Maple Hill Farm sense the changing seasons and respond to the changes. This book pairs well with the Four Seasons on a Farm lesson. 

And the Good Brown Earth
Gram and Joe love to spend time together taking care of the vegetable patch, but it takes a lot of patience. There's digging time, planting time, weeding time, watering time, even thinking time. Meanwhile, the seasons change, and while Gram does things her way, Joe does things his way. But come harvest, each will find wondrous surprises, thanks to the benevolence of the good brown earth. This book pairs well with the Exploring Texture in the Garden and Types by Texture lessons. 
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