New York Agriculture in the Classroom | October 2016
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Important Dates:

Oct 29th- Feedback for NYAITC Ag Tag requested

Nov 14th- Teacher of the Year Applications due

Dec 16th- Kids Growing Food Mini Grant due
October is Farm to School Month!

What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state or region known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style? 

Using the MyPlate, MyState tool your students can personalize their plate with their favorite local and seasonal foods to create balanced meal. 

Share your plate with the hashtag #MyPlateMyState
Agricultural Literacy Week 2016
Get excited for ALW 2016, March 20-24, 2017! The selected book for this year is The Grapes Grow Sweet. With the advent of New York's booming grape industry we are proud to feature a book that so wonderfully captures a way of life for over 1,600 family-owned vineyards in our state Be on the lookout for more information in the coming months. Register your classroom or volunteer to read in your county here. 
You Could Be Our Next Teacher of the Year
Win an expense-paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Kansas City, MO by winning our New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award. If you, or a teacher you know, integrates agriculture in their curriculum in an innovative or unique way, they are eligible for this exciting award. Applications are due November 14, 2016. Apply today!
ag tag
We Need Your Help! 
After 13 successful and wonderful years of having an Ag Tag that has helped fund special programs for NYAITC, we are giving our specialty license plate a face lift. We are looking for feedback from the general public and our teacher and agriculture audience on what an updated license plate should look like. 

We would appreciate if you would answer a few questions in survey form below so that our design firm can develop a license plate that would appeal to a variety of audiences. Your feedback is important! Complete the survey here. 
NYS Ag Society Foundation Grant Application Deadline Extended
The  NYS Ag Society Foundation has extended their deadline for grant applications for 2017. Applications are now due December 1st, 2016. The theme for this grant cycle is "Improving the Ag Intellect of Youth." Applications will be accepted from classroom teachers, 4H groups, workforce development agencies, BOCES, FFA, etc. 
For more information and the online application, please visit their website here
NY Farm Bureau Scholarships Available
Do you know a high school student that will be pursuing an education about agriculture? 
The New York Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee is encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the 2017 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place $1,200 for second place and $1,000 for third place.  District winners chosen from the county winners will each receive $100 and a memento.  The state awards are sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.
For more information and/or an application, visit the NY Farm Bureau website here
The application deadline is November 16, 2016!
Teacher Resources
Let it Grow Contest! 
Discovery Education and the Nutrients for Life Foundation have joined forces to give six lucky schools a chance to win big with the  Let It Grow Contest from the partnership program,   From the Ground Up:The Science of Soil. The Let It Grow Contest encourages entrants to vote DAILY for a  school of their choice for a chance to win an agricultural grant, which could be used towards a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more!

One Grand Prize winning school will receive a $5,000 agricultural grant, half day of professional development with a Nutrients for Life Foundation Regional Representative, an introduction to a local agronomist, Nutrients for Life Foundation prize pack and a celebratory winner event!

Enter Today!

How will we sustainably feed 9 billion
people by the year 2050?
Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual 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. Learn More Now!
October's Featured Lesson
With Halloween coming at the end of the month, your students might have pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns on their mind. Why not show your students there is a lot more to pumpkins than Halloween?
The Great Pumpkin Story  will teach a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition, and math through the study of pumpkins. Activities include estimating the size and weight of pumpkins, sprouting pumpkin seeds, and making pumpkin pie in a bag.
Find the whole lesson plan and materials list, through the agricultural literacy curriculum matrix here
Fall Book Nook
Are you and your students gearing up for a field trip to the local Pickin' Patch? Even if your not, reading about it can be just as fun. 
Go " In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin ", with author Gloria Evangelista. Follow a young boy as he tells how his family searched high and low for perfect pumpkins only to find the best ones in their own backyard. An entertaining story for kids and grown-ups alike, In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin blends lively text with superb illustrations.  the book also features fun facts, growing tips for pumpkins, and a recipe for the perfect pumpkin pie.
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