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

Oct. 7- Grape Farm Virtual Field Trip

Oct. 12- Beef Farm Virtual Field Trip

Oct. 13- Apple Orchard Virtual Field Trip

Oct. 15- White-Reinhardt Ag Scholarship Applications Due

Oct. 15- White-Reinhardt Grants Cycle 1 Application Due

Oct. 20- Grow-NY Youth Competition Submissions Due

Nov. 5- Teacher of the Year Nominations Due

Dec. 3- Top Cut: A Beef Contest Submissions Due

April 15- White-Reinhardt Grants Cycle 2 Application Due

June 28-July 1- National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 
Upcoming Virtual Field Trip Opportunities 

New York Agriculture in the Classroom has a full schedule of Virtual Field Trips for this fall. See the upcoming trips below or learn more and register for these experiences on our website

Thursday, October 7- Learn about grape harvest and production at J.M. Joy and EnJoyAble Acres Farm LLC. Two field opportunities at 10am and 12:30pm. 

Tuesday, October 12- Come to Lucky 13 All Natural Beef Angus Farm to learn about the beef lifecycle and how beef cattle are cared for. One field trip opportunity at 10am. 

Wednesday, October 13- Experience a 100+ year old farm and the process from orchard to table at LynOaken Farms. This field trip will include a visit to the orchard, an explanation of how apples are stored, and a look at the packaging line.Two field opportunities at 10am and 12:30pm. 
Nominate a Deserving Educator for Teacher of the Year Award!
Do you know an amazing educator or team of educators who integrate agriculture in their curriculum? The New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year nomination period is now open. This top honor is awarded annually to a teacher, or a team of teachers, who are committed to teaching through the lens of agriculture. 

The the top nominee(s) will earn an expense-paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Nominations or self nominations are due Friday, November 5, 2021

Visit the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website where you can find more information as well as learn about past NYAITC Teachers of the Year. Complete the application today!
Grow-NY Youth Competition
In partnership with Grow-NY, Cornell University, NYS 4-H, and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, we are pleased to share a NEW youth opportunity to build businesses in New York State.

Our youth are the next generation of business developers, agriculture, food, and technology leaders. With the hope of inspiring and investing in the future of food, 20 middle and high school youth will be selected to attend the 2021 Grow-NY competition, with 8 students selected to pitch their business idea during the competition to a panel of youth judges.

The Grow-NY competition will take place November 16-17, 2021 in Syracuse, NY. Applications are due October 20, 2021 by 5:00pm EST. For more information and to submit your application, please visit our website
Top Cut Beef Contest Registration Closing Tonight!

Don't delay! Register now to be able to participate in our exciting live virtual events and give your students a chance at winning the top prize!

The Top Cut: Beef Contest is an engaging 3-12 cross-curricular educational and culinary experience. Participating students will design a beef recipe focused on the theme of school lunch and then develop a creative marketing strategy for their product. New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York Beef Council are excited to offer this contest with virtual elements to accommodate in-person and virtual learning in this unique upcoming school year. 

Contest submissions are due December 3. Visit the contest page on our website to learn more and register your classroom today!
White-Reinhardt Ag Scholarship Application Now Open!
Applications for White-Reinhardt Scholarships to the 2022 National Ag in the Classroom Conference for full time educators and/or volunteers that actively participate in classroom agricultural literacy programs or events are now being accepted.This scholarship program is to provide travel expense funds to attend the national conference and then use the information gained to expand their outreach to students regarding food, fiber and fuel.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the Foundation in cooperation with the AFB Women's Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy. Please read all guidelines before you apply.The deadline for applications is October 15
White-Reinhardt Grants Application Available! 
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special funding opportunity from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture® in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau® Women's Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee (Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy) by enlarging agricultural literacy efforts across the United States. The mini-grant is one of two components of the fund. 

Grants are offered to state and county Farm Bureaus in amounts up to $1,000 for ag literacy programs for grades K-12. Eligibility: Grants are on a competitive basis with priority given to those programs demonstrating a need for financial support.There will be two application cycles throughout the year. The deadline for applications will be October 15, 2021 and April 15, 2022
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Pumpkins... Not Just For Halloween (Grades K-2)
In this lesson students estimate the size and weight of pumpkins, sprout pumpkin seeds, and make pumpkin pie in a bag. This lesson is also available for grades 3-5

The Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Students will investigate the phenomenon of decomposing pumpkins as a part of the plant's life cycle in this lesson
The Farmer Grows a Rainbow: High Five Burger
In this lesson students determine that all food has an agricultural source that has a geographic origin.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Students will explore organic and conventional farming practices by analyzing multimedia texts to investigate the differences between conventionally and organically grown apples in this lesson
Middle School/ High School Resources
Career Gaming
Through project-based learning, students will design games that will assist others with identifying a variety of agricultural careers, possible emerging agricultural careers, the education required for agricultural career options, and the types of salaries that can be expected in each career.
Grocery Store Problem Solving
Students will use basic mathematical skills to solve problems related to the cost of food whileintegrating geography and nutrition to enhance learning. Activities include analyzing grocery ads, assessing the nutrition and cost of meals, and exploring diets around the world in this lesson
A Tale of Two Burgers: Beef and Plant-based Protein
Students will compare the components of beef and plant-based burgers by determining the production and processing methods of each product; evaluate the ingredients and nutritional differences between beef and plant-based products; and discuss different points of view in the agricultural industry concerning plant-based proteins and traditional beef. This lesson covers a socioscientific issue and aims to provide students with tools to evaluate science within the context of social and economic points of view. 
Evaluating GMO Perspectives
While many view genetically modified crops as a promising innovation, there is controversy about their use. This lesson provides students with a brief overview of the technology, equipping them with the ability to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic arguments for and against genetically modified crops. This lesson covers a socioscientific issue and aims to provide students with tools to evaluate science within the context of social and economic points of view. 
October Book Nook
The Pumpkin Book
Big, small, round, tall-pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Here one learns the marvels of the growth cycle of these incredible plants-from flat seeds, to thick vines covered in golden flowers, to brilliant orange pumpkins! Gail Gibbons also relates the special role pumpkins played in the first Thanksgiving. Simple and clear directions for drying seeds, planting and tending pumpkin patches, and carving funny or scary faces are included in the book, along with a fascinating section on pumpkin facts and lore.
A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar
In 1801, the proud citizens of Cheshire, Massachusetts boasted that their cheese was the very best. But then they heard the shocking news: President Jefferson was serving Norton cheese at the White House! What to do? Elder John Leland had an idea. A very large idea. If everyone worked together, they could make a cheese so large that President Jefferson would be serving Cheshire cheese at the White House for years to come. How the villagers of Cheshire create a true cheese-making miracle and transport it to the nation's capitol makes a spirited, rollicking tale. Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country's biggest cheese for the nation's greatest man.
A Chicken Followed Me Home!
What's that? A chicken followed you home? Now what do you do? Author-illustrator Robin Page leads a step-by-step, question-and-answer-style journey through the world of chickens in this book. Along the way you'll explore different breeds, discover different types of coops, and learn everything there is to know about chicken reproduction and hatching.
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