New York Agriculture in the Classroom | September 2018
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Important Dates:

Sept. 15- CHS Grant Applications Due

Sept. 15- "Feed a Bee" Applications Due

Sept. 12- CNY Farm Progress Show 

Sept. 30- Green Thumb Challenge Grant Applications Due

Oct. 1-Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant Applications Due

Oct. 3- Top Cut: A Beef Contest Registration Due

Oct. 5- National AITC Workshop Proposals Due

Oct. 15-  White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Applications Due

Oct. 15- Gardens Grant  Applications  Due

Nov. 2- Teacher of the Year Applications Due

June 18-21- National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas

Top Cut: A Beef Contest
The Top Cut: A Beef Contest is an exciting program for middle and high school students that will help them engage with beef production and cooking, while also focusing on developing a marketing plan. The cross-curricular program entails students to creatively develop a marketing strategy for a product or recipe of their choice. 

Each grade-level division will be vying for the chance to win $250 and a barbecue grill for their classroom from the New York Beef Council. Prize money will also be awarded to second and third place classrooms. 

NEW for 2018: A template for contest submissions has been added! 

The deadline for contest registration is October 3. Visit the  contest page  to learn more!
Submit a Workshop Proposal for the 2019 Conference and Enjoy an "AgVenture in the Natural State"
National Agriculture in the Classroom is seeking workshop proposals for the 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 'AgVenture in the Natural State' set for June 18-21 in Little Rock, AR. 

Preferred workshop topics include, but are not limited to, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math), GMOs, hydroponics, aquaponics, educational games, virtual reality approaches to education, food labeling and learning with school gardens.  Learn more and submit a workshop proposal today! 

The deadline for workshop proposals is
Oct. 5, 2018. If your workshop proposal is accepted, you will receive $50 off your conference registration per workshop.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year: Nominations Open
Nominate yourself or an amazing educator who integrates agriculture regularly in their curriculum. This top honor is awarded each year to a teacher, or a team of teachers, who are committed to ensuring that their students are agriculturally literate. The winning nomination will earn an expense-paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. All nominations are due  Friday, November 2 , 2018. 

Visit the New York Agriculture in the Classroom  website for the more information and to read about the past winners.  Complete the  application   today!

CHS Foundation Classroom Grants Available
The application for CHS Foundation Classroom Grants is now available and K-12 teachers with agriculture-related projects in need of funding are invited to apply.

Projects funded in the past include school gardens, embryology projects and other agriculture-related initiatives that help educators teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Fifteen $500 grants will  be awarded. The deadline for applications is  September 15thApply for a CHS Foundation Classroom Grant today!

Careers in Agriculture at the Farm Progress Show
The Central NY Farm Progress Show, hosted annually at Len-Lo Farms in Mohawk, NY, will take place Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13, 2017 and is a perfect place to interact with local Agri-Businesses.  The trade show will feature many businesses and services available to farmers and their farm business needs, but is also ideal venue to meet Agri-Business employers to learn first hand about the skills needed for employment. Find out more about the show here
RSVP to Tina Douglas at 315-272-9189 or by  Tuesday, September 11th  

"Feed a Bee" Funds for Education
Educators interested in teaching K-12 students about the importance of bees and other pollinators have an opportunity to apply for a 'Feed a Bee' grant. Bayer CropScience is providing $500,000 over the next two years with the goal of funding initiatives in all 50 states to increase food for bees and other pollinators by planting wildflowers and establishing additional forage areas. Funding will be distributed in grants of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. Proposals submitted by  September 15
2018 will be reviewed and announced in the fourth quarter.  Learn more and apply for a 'Feed a Bee' grant.

Green Thumb Challenge Grant
It's that time of year again! GEF and Gardener's Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The deadline for applications is  September 30 and you can find more information on their website

Samuel Classroom Herb Garden Grant Details
The Herb Society of America has established an herb garden grant for elementary school classes  grades 3 through 6.   For the 2018-19 grant cycle, The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $300 in "seed money" to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc.  Application deadline for 2018-19 academic year will be
October 1, 2018 with awards announced December 1, 2018. Find the application and more information here

White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants
The White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program funds projects that will increase agricultural literacy. County and state Farm Bureaus may apply for $1,000 grants for education programs for grades K-12 in order to initiate new agricultural literacy programs or expand existing programs. Grants are available on a competitive basis.

The Spring 2019 Cycle is now open! The application will close  October 15 . Read the application deadline and apply for a mini-grant here

Whole Kids Foundation Gardens Grant Program
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to growing healthier kids through better nutrition, one bite at a time. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a  K-12 school, a n on-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or a  non-profit organization. Applications are due by 6pm on October 15 and applicants will be notified of the results by February 15, 2019. 

Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
A Day Without Agriculture
I n this lesson students will learn about the wide scope of agriculture by investigating which products they use every day come from agricultural sources, explore the variety of agricultural products in their daily lives, and discuss the difference between needs and wants. This lesson is a great introduction to agriculture for grades Kindergarten- second grade. 
A Walnut Orchard Through the Seasons
Did you know September is walnut harvest season? Teach students about this seasonal food with this lesson where they will gain an understanding of the changes that take place in a walnut orchard through the seasons.  Included is a story about a walnut farm, important vocabulary words, and additional activity sheets to extend the lesson

FoodMASTER: Vegetables
In this lesson for grades 3-5, students will measure the weight and length or circumference of various vegetables. After studying the vegetables, students will classify the vegetables based on plant parts and explore chemical reactions from cooking colored vegetables in acidic and basic water.  Students will also use a variety of vegetables to prepare soup. This lesson is part of the FoodMASTER series which also includes lessons about food safety, fats and oils, eggs, dairy, meal management, and more. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
Fertilizers and the Environment
In this lesson students will recognize that fertile soil is a limited resource to produce food for a growing population, describe the role fertilizer plays to increase food productivity, distinguish between organic and commercial fertilizers, and recognize how excess nutrients are harmful to the environment. This lesson is available for grades 6-8 and  grades 9-12

Supply and Demand: What If?
Students will demonstrate understanding of the importance of the relationship between producers and consumers by explaining how agricultural supply and demand affects commodity prices in this lesson. Your 6-8th grade students will learn firsthand the law of supply and demand with a candy bar auction and will be able to graph demand curves as they apply to different agricultural products. 

Stacking Up Milk and Milk Substitutes 
Students will compare and contrast milk and plant-based milk substitutes by learning their source from farm-to-table and discovering how they "stack up" in nutritional value. Students will also explore food package labeling laws and consumer trends in milk consumption to think critically about the impact of labels in marketing and consumer perceptions of food in this lesson for 9-12 grades. 

Plasmid Problem Solving
This lesson compares and contrasts prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and examines the form and function of the plasmid found in prokaryotic cells. Students will then use these principles to simulate how a desirable gene can be isolated and inserted into a plasmid as one step in the process of creating a genetically modified organism (GMO).

September Book Nook
Grandpa's Garden
This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives, they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. Children will be drawn in by the poetry of the language and the warm illustrations, while also catching the excitement of watching things grow!

Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, & Change the World
How do plants survive when they can't run away from danger? Plants can live in diverse places such as under water, in deserts, cold climates, high elevations or even on other plants. They must contend with storms, fire, poor soils, and hungry animals and insects. Fortunately plants can grow from spores, seeds, or vegetatively and often get a helping hand from people. Plants are cultivated to provide fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, and fibers such as cotton as well as for wood, paper, and many other products. The book concludes by noting a few of the habitats plants help create such as forests, prairies, and marshes as the comical plant characters conclude that they do indeed have amazing powers. 

From Peanut to Peanut Butter
Celebrate National Peanut Day on September 13th by teaching your students about peanut processing. With this book you can follow the production path of peanut butter from the planting of the seed to the manufacturing of peanut butter!

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