New York Agriculture in the Classroom | May 2022

National Agriculture in the Classroom

National Conference in Saratoga Springs

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to be the state host for the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs. It is an honor to welcome teachers from across the country to our beautiful state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of New York’s agriculture.

The New York Agriculture in the Classroom full conference scholarship is now closed, but we encourage educators to ask their administrators for support in attending this exciting professional development and networking opportunity.

Attendees can receive up to 28 hours of CTLE professional development credit, visit farms and agribusinesses, participate in hands-on workshops, and more!

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will be held June 28-July 1, 2022 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Native American Agriculture Scholarship Fund

MAY 10

Global Guides Applications Due

MAY 31

Summer Prototyping Accelerator Applications Due


STEM Beef Experience Applications Due



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STEM Beef Experience Applications Open

The STEM Beef Experience is a four-day immersion into the world of beef for New York educators. Throughout this experience, teachers will learn how beef influences environments as they engage with in-person tours of a beef farm, a university beef processing facility, and cook with a professional chef.

As educators gain a foundational understanding of different aspects of the beef industry, they will engage with STEM lessons that will allow them to use their new beef knowledge to engage their students. At the conclusion of the experience, teachers will team up for a project where they will create, market, and pitch a unique beef snack.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 22 CTLE credits.

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Native American Agriculture Fund Scholarship Program

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is pleased to partner with the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization to help sponsor teachers to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Empire State Of Agriculture" scheduled for June 28-July 1, 2022 in Saratoga Springs, New York.


To be eligible to receive a scholarship sponsored by the Native American Agriculture Fund, you need to either: teach at a Tribal government operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school or a BIE-supported school, a school on a reservation teaching Native students; teach at a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students; or be a teacher with Tribal affiliation.

Complete the application form, including the required attachments, by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 28, 2022, to be considered for the scholarship.

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Apply for the Summer 2022 Prototyping Accelerator

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works offers a deep dive into prototyping through its 11-week Prototyping Hardware Accelerator summer program that leads product teams through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible. Students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation can take advantage of the ClimateTech Track and the AgTech Track. This program can prepare students for pitches at the Grow New York Youth Summit. 

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2022 Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, occurring in person at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works starting on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The program is free and open to the public. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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Applications for the 2022 – 2023 cohort are due on May 10, 2022.

World Food Prize Foundation Global Guides

The World Food Prize Global Guides Program is a 9-month professional development program for educators focused on food security education. 

The program includes virtual sessions and a face-to-face immersion at the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, and implements project-based learning to create opportunities for application.

The World Food Prize Foundation Global Guides cohort runs from September to May. 

Featured Lessons


Grades 3-5

Got Guts? 

Students investigate the different digestive systems of livestock, examine the unique nutritional needs based on these structures, and discover the responsibilities of an animal nutritionist.

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Grades 6-8

Science You Can Eat

Discover the science in food processing. Compare cottage cheese made using enzymes from two sources—natural and genetically engineered.

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Grades 9-12

Surrounded by Plants

Students will identify the importance of plants to human life by surveying their home and neighborhood for plant products used for medicine, aesthetics, fuel products, fiber, and food.

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May Book Nook


Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament

Mr. Crum was a wonderful cook who was known far and wide. Everyone loved his food, that is until Filbert P. Horsefeathers came into his restaurant. Three times, Mr. Crum cooked him potatoes and he sent them back because the slices were too thick.

This fictional picture book tale is based on a real man named George Crum, a cook in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the 1850s, who is purported to have created the first potato chip in response to a demanding customer.

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Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever

After sketching and plotting and planting, Maxine and Leo know they've made The Greatest Garden Ever! But they're not the only ones who think so. Soon, all sorts of animals make their way in, munching on carrots and knocking over pots. When Leo and Maxine can't agree on a way to deter these unwelcome critters, it looks like there's more on the line than saving their garden—they just might need to save their friendship too.

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