New York Agriculture in the Classroom | September 2020
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Important Dates:

Sept. 30- CHS Foundation Classroom Grant Application Due

Oct. 5- Top Cut: A Beef Contest Pre-Registration Deadline

Oct. 15- White-Reinhardt Grant Applications Due

Oct. 16- NAITC 2021 National Conference Workshop Proposals Due

March 15-19- Agricultural Literacy Week 2021

June 28- July 1- National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 
Top Cut: A Beef Contest Pre-Registration Open!
Food is a unifying factor across the world. Although preparation styles and flavor profiles may differ, food plays an important role no matter where you are. In order to celebrate the diversity of food around the world, the theme of this year's Top Cut: Beef Contest is global street food! 

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 global street food and then develop a creative marketing strategy for their product. Each grade-level division will be vying for the chance to win $250 and a banner to be displayed in their school or community from the New York Beef Council. This year, four $25 prizes will also be awarded in each division for most entrepreneurial, most creative, most unique recipe, and most persuasive. 

NEW!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. 

The deadline for contest registration is October 5. Visit the contest page on out website to learn more!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom Educator Survey- Win a Prize Pack!
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is offering up to ten prize packs to educators for giving their feedback on their needs for this unique upcoming school year. Responses will be used to help us develop new programming and modify our existing programming to support the work of educators; either in-person or virtual. To participate, please fill out this quick survey
Introducing New York Agriculture in the Classroom's New Educator
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to announce a new member to our team! As of July 1st, Jeremiah Best has taken on the role of Agricultural Classroom Educator for New York Agriculture in the Classroom. 

Jeremiah grew up in Memphis, TN and moved to New York after deciding to make a career change.  He is an alumnus of SUNY Cortland where he received his Bachelors in Childhood Education and Masters in Literacy. He has worked in the formal education system for over a decade, with experiences in almost every K-12 position. 

As a classroom teacher, agriculture is a driving force in Jeremiah's classroom throughout the year. He looks forward  to using this background to support our students, educators, and communities. To learn more about our new educator, you can read his bio here

Welcome aboard Jeremiah!
CHS Foundation Classroom Grants
Each year the CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization partner to offer the CHS Foundation Classroom Grant. This exciting grant opportunity is open to teachers from PeK-12th grade who are looking for funding for their agriculture-related projects. On-site as well as virtual projects will be considered for funding. 

Past projects have included school gardens, embryology projects, and other initiatives that help teachers use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Fifteen $500 grants will be awarded. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30Apply for a CHS Foundation Classroom Grant today! 
Spring 2021 White-Reinhardt Grant
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. County and state Farm Bureaus may apply for $1,000 grants to support K-12 agricultural education. These grants will be used to initiate new agricultural literacy programs or expand existing programs. Organizations and individual schools can work with their local Farm Bureaus to apply. Grants are available on a competitive basis. Learn more and apply here. Applications are due October 15
Seeking Workshop Proposals for National AITC Conference in Iowa
National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) is seeking workshop proposals for its 2021 National Conference "Fields of Dreams" scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. Workshop topics should demonstrate how agricultural concepts can be used to teach language arts, math, nutrition, science, social studies, STEM and more in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 
Proposals are due on or before Friday, October 16Learn more and submit a workshop proposal today! If your workshop proposal is accepted, you will receive $50 off your conference registration per one full workshop or one mini workshop selected. NAITC seeking proposals for hour-long workshops and 20-minute mini workshops that will be repeated two or three times. 
New York Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Fact Calendar Goes Digital
In previous years, the New York Farm Bureau Foundation has distributed its annual "Ag Fact Calendar" to third grade classrooms throughout New York State. With the uncertainty and challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic and the need for instantaneous and accessible at-home educational materials, the calendar has now "pivoted" to a digital format. Having a digital calendar will allow the invaluable teaching/learning resource to reach a broader audience and make it easier to utilize.

Each month focuses on a specific agricultural topic with a fact or trivia question featured for almost every day of the month. The educational resource is ideal for those who want to increase their basic knowledge about agriculture as well as learn about specific facets of New York State's $3.6 billion agricultural industry. To access the calendar, visit and click on the name of the month to view the accompanying resources. 
NYC Youth Food Advocates
NYC Youth Food Advocates (YFA) program is a youth-led group for young people focused on learning about social justice, public policy, and advocacy. YFA's mission is to create systemic change in New York City food systems, with a focus on school food.

The YFA member application is now open. Youth members will work in a fun and collaborative environment with other young people from across New York City to develop advocacy skills through hands-on actions, learn valuable leadership skills, and create meaningful change for food justice across NYC. 
Public high school students from New York City are invited to apply today. All of their sessions will be virtual during the 2020-2021 school year. More information is available on their website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Survival of the Fittest: Comparing the Needs of Humans and Cows
Students identify what cows and humans need to survive by exploring the physical characteristics of cows and the food, water, shelter, and other environmental needs of cows compared to their own needs. Students also examine how farmers work to meet the needs of their cows. This lesson is best for students in grades K-2. 
Recycled Seed Paper
In this eLearning lesson students can make recycled seed paper that can be planted in order to discover what seeds need to germinate.
Cracking Open the Story of Nuts
In this lesson for students in grades 3-5, students will investigate a variety of nuts, discover how and where they are grown, and explore their nutritional benefits.

Desktop Greenhouses
Students will investigate the importance of light to plants by creating a desktop greenhouse investigation and exploring the process of photosynthesis. This lesson is best for students in grades 3-5. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
Robots Wanted!
Through project-based learning, students examine fruit and vegetable farms to discover the amount of manual labor required to plant, grow, and harvest food commodities. Students will  research the business economics of farm management, the plant life cycle, and the requirements and challenges faced in reducing manual labor through mechanization or robotics. Students present their findings to an agricultural engineer to begin developing a solution to farm labor shortages.
Energy Bar Exploration
Through project-based learning, students will develop, market, and brand a healthy energy bar and packaging to be sold to a target audience. This lesson is best for students in grades 6-8. 
In this lesson, students will take on the role of a nitrogen molecule and experience how various forms of nitrogen cycle through the environment. Students will be able to identify and differentiate between atoms, molecules, and compounds.
The Science of a GMO
In this lesson students will compare and contrast methods of selective plant breeding, describe the scientific process of creating a genetically modified plant, compare genetically modified soybean seeds to conventional soybean seeds, describe the impact weeds have on plant growth, and understand how a genetically modified seed can help farmers manage weeds. 
September Book Nook
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip
Are you looking for a great biography to start the school year? If you are, you should try George Crum and the Saratoga Chip. 

Growing up in the 1830's in Saratoga Springs, New York isn't easy for George Crum. Picked on at school because of the color of his skin, George escapes to his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing. As a young man George learns to cook and eventually lands a job as a chef at the fancy Moon's Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day, George's patience boils over and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever. Readers will delight in this spirited story of the invention of the potato chip-one of America's favorite snack foods. George Crum and the Saratoga Chip is a testament to human ingenuity, and a tasty slice of culinary history.
Amelia's Road
Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not home. Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way. The richly colored illustrations bring to life the landscape of California's Central Valley farmland. Amelia's Road is an inspirational tale about the importance of home. 
City Green
Right in the middle of Marcy's city block is a vacant lot, littered and forlorn. Sometimes just looking at it makes Marcy feel sad. Then one spring, Marcy has a wonderful idea: instead of a useless lot, why not a green and growing space for everyone to enjoy? With her warm, hopeful text and inviting illustrations, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan shows how a whole neighborhood blossoms when people join together and get involved in this book
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