Spring 2021: Just a Few Things to Keep You Grounded.
We're "Rooting" for You!

The 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Fields of Dreams" is a hybrid conference.

Join us, and travel to Des Moines, IA, or choose the virtual option with a selection of sessions for attendees to live stream over the course of the 3-day conference. Whether attending in-person or virtually, you must register for the conference to participate.

Registration offers the in-person early registration option of $435 until June 1 and the virtual reg option of $50.

The health and safety of our conference attendees are of the utmost importance during our in-person event.
*See registration page for full details and layout of COVID safety in their "Attendee Wellness Guide."

The deadline for both is April 1st, so be sure to apply, ASAP!!! Registration is now open: National Conference (agclassroom.org).

Conference scholarship: "Native American Agriculture Fund Scholarship Program" Do you 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 are a teacher with Tribal affiliation? This grant is just for you!

Conference grant: "CHS Foundation Classroom Grant Program", which covers registration for the 2021 NAITC Conference "Fields of Dreams".

Please join-in, starting March 31st, for the 2021 School Garden Conference with Albuquerque Public Schools.

There will be 13 (virtual) presentations from people in the APS school garden network including teachers, organizers, and students.

Did you know that pecan trees are native to North America? It's true - and New Mexico ranked at the top of the production list within the United States, harvest 96.6million pounds of pecans.

Starting April 1st, you will have access to the YouTube video of Britney and Traci visiting with Dickie Salopek, from Tom Salopek Farms in Las Cruces New Mexico, as they take a look at the full process of what it takes for farmers and their employees to harvest pecans from their orchard.

In addition to the virtual tour, we also have this "Ag"mazing lesson plan "In a Nutshell"(grades 3-5) that was developed by Madeleine Haggard, of New Mexico.

It's easy-peasy! Just send an email to agclass1@nmflb.org with the following information:
  • your name,
  • school or organization,
  • grade level/subject(s) you teach,
  • what topic you're interested in (beef, pollination, water, etc.), and
  • 2-3 options of the date/time you are available for a visit.
Traci & Britney will work with you to make the experience engaging, educational for all participants, and customize to fit your needs.

BONUS - For the Ag Literacy Project, First Peas to the Table, NMAITC will supply your students with the activity resources and a class book! *Ask about this presentation - this is set for K-5th grade.

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability.

Using an inquiry-based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment, and the economy at a local and global scale. The students hear from farmers across the globe.
Teachers -
This One is for You!

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for "your kids."
It's not easy, and we see that,... but you have the passion and drive to get things done, and that's why we love you all and are "rooting for you!"
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is ready to help. Students can submit their questions about agriculture and hear answers from real farmers and ranchers across the U.S.!
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Virtual Resources!

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Resources include educational videos, such as the one above, hands-on activities, STEM challenges, and printables.

With temperatures warming up the bugs are coming out! This week we are looking at bugs/insects! All bugs are insects, but under the technical definition, not all insects are bugs. True bugs belong to an order of insects called Hemiptera. True bugs include stink bugs, bed bugs, water striders, and cicadas. (source here).

Brought to you, but the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the generous support of Corteva Agriscience, The Purple Plow is a program set to create engaging minds and grow tomorrow's problem solvers.

With water being so scarce resource in our state, "Go with the Flow" is one challenge that your students can explore to take a meaningful look into the local community to see how to better conserve surface run-off while treating or eliminating "dead-zones". This is workable into elementary through high school national learning standards.
1 Hour Problem-Solving Activities - The Purple Plow is a special project brought to us all by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA). The resources are made possible through the generous support of the title sponsor, Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont.