New York Agriculture in the Classroom | September 2017
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Important Dates:

Sept. 13- Careers in Agriculture Presentation at the Farm Progress Show

Sept. 15- CHS Grant Applications Due

Nov. 1- Purple Plow Challenge Entries Due

Nov. 16- NYFB Scholarship Applications Due

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Watch your email in the next month as New York Agriculture in the Classroom will be announcing some BIG grant opportunities for teachers across New York. 
T rust us, you won't want to miss this.

CHS Classroom Grant Deadline Approaching
The CHS Foundation and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization is offering fifteen $500 classroom grants. 

The $500 grants will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th grade core education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies.  The deadline for grant proposals is September 15, 2017 . Recipients will be notified by email in October 2017. 

For more information and to submit an application visit

Purple Plow Challenge: Save the Soil!
Did you know only 11% of our Earth's land surface has the topsoil considered suitable for producing food?  Have your students get creative as you r esearch, design, construct, test and report on a solution to local top soil erosion concerns with this season's Purple Plow Challenge!

Find more information, facilitator's and student guides, and more on the  program website . The contest will run until November 1. Let's fill NY with participants! 
Careers in Agriculture Presentation at the Farm Progress Show
In a grassroots effort to connect counselors, educators and agri-business owners, the Careers in Agriculture presentation at the  Farm Progress Show will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 9:00-11:00 AM at 640 Robinson Road, Mohawk, NY.   

As a group, we will spend time at the booths of Agri-Businesses such as Farm Credit East, Brown's Feed, Don's Dairy Supply and Clinton Tractor.  A representative from each of these businesses will address the types of employees and the skills or degrees needed to operate their business.  They are very interested in our local school students and the potential that they have to become future employees and want to help inform you of career opportunities in Central NY Agriculture. You can find out more about the show here

If you would like to attend the presentation, you can RSVP to Tina Douglas at 315-272-9189 or  by Tuesday, September 12th. 
I Love NY Agriculture Art & Writing Contest Winners Announced
Over 300 students in grades Pre-K through 6th grade submitted their entries for  our annual I Love NY Agriculture Art & Writing Contest. 
This year's theme was "Food, Farms, and Me!", and students were asked to use any artistic medium they would like to encompass that theme. This year's submissions included narratives, drawings, posters, and photos. 

The winning entries were displayed at The Great NYS Fair in August and can be viewed on our website here.
New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship
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 2018 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.  Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place.  District winners will each receive $100 and a memento.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures).   More information and the downloadable application can be found  here

Teacher Resources
Corn You Believe It?
September is the perfect time to teach about the importance of corn as an agricultural crop in the United States. This  elementary lesson plan contains an exciting adventure for students to dissect a corn kernel and observe its parts and to evaluate the monetary value of the crop. This lesson can be used fully or split into parts, depending on the areas of focus in your classroom.

apple basket
Comparing Apples to Onions
Get back into the swing of the school year with a fun experiment about apples. This lesson will let your students experience plant breeding and allow them to identify traits for themselves.   

Students will explore heredity concepts by comparing observable traits of apples and onions, collecting data on traits of different apple varieties, and learning about apple production. Additional activities include hands-on methods for testing apple ripeness. The full lesson plan is available for your use Even more lessons like this can be found by utilizing the agricultural literacy curriculum matrix located on our website
Exploring the Connection Between Population and Sustainability
The growing population and how to feed the world has been a prominent discussion as of late. 
This  Journey 2050 lesson will help your students learn about sustainable agriculture and the  growing population while also integrating technology into your classroom. S tudents will explore  factors such as expected population growth, food waste, and various positive and negative factors impacting sustainable agriculture.

This lesson can stand on its own or be be combined with five  companion lessons  to go more in depth. If you would like to explore historical population and sustainability, consider showing John Green's Population, Sustainability, and Malthus Crash Course video to your students. These materials are recommended for students in grades 9-12, but  the Journey 2050 content is also available for students in grades 6-8. 
Ecology at Work
The days may be getting shorter, but the sun is still hard at work. Students learn how rooftop
gardens help the environment and the lives of people, especially in urban areas in this lesson. 

They will gain an understanding of how plants reduce the urban heat island effect, improve  air  quality, provide agriculture space, reduce energy consumption and increase the aes thetic
qu ality of cities. This draws upon the science of heat transfer (conduction,  convection, radiation, materials, color) and ecology (plants, shade, carbon dioxide, photosynthesis), and the engineering requirements for rooftop gardens. In the associated activity, students apply their scientific knowledge to model and measure the effects of green roofs.  This  lesson  is best for grades 6-9. 
September Book Nook
Apple picking season is quickly approaching, soon fall will be here and we will be ready to bundle up and sip cider. Why not please the interest of your students with a book about apples and the products that can be made from them. 

Applesauce Day, by  Lisa Amstutz and illustrated by Talitha Shipma. Follow the journey from orchard to jar. You will follow the journey of a family as they complete each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!
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