New York Agriculture in the Classroom | September 2022

Announcing the Sixth Annual

Top Cut Beef Contest

In 2019, schools served over 4.8 billion lunches to children nationwide. School lunch is a time where students can gather together over nutritionally balanced meals and maybe even try something new. The theme of this year's Top Cut: Beef Contest embraces the familiarity of school lunch, but will allow students to add their own creative twist. 

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 New York Beef Council are excited to offer this contest for the sixth year. 

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Contest submissions are due December 2, 2022.


Still Growing Poetry Contest Entries Due


NAITC Conference Workshop Proposals Due


Top Cut Contest Submissions Due

DEC 16

Purple Plow

Entries Due

Still Growing Poetry Contest

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to partner with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to host the Still Growing Poetry Contest.

Students in grades 3-8 are invited to submit original works of poetry on the theme of “Still Growing”. Students may take this theme in any direction they choose as they consider the topics of food, technology, the environment, or the future of New York agriculture to name a few topics that could be covered in their poem.

Winning student poets will be invited to read their work on stage during the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), a gathering that convenes all of the state departments of agriculture on shared goals and opportunities facing the food and agriculture communities.

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All entries are due Friday, September 16, 2022. Winners will be notified early in the week of September 19, 2022.

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 an exciting updated 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, outstanding middle and high school youth will be selected to attend the 2022 Grow-NY competition and pitch their business idea to a panel of youth judges.

The Grow-NY competition will take place November 15-16, 2022 in Syracuse, NY. Applications are due October 21, 2022 by 5:00pm EST. 

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National Agriculture in the Classroom Seeking Workshop Proposals for 2023 National Conference in Florida

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2023 National Conference "Beyond The Beaches" set for Orlando, Florida, June 26-29. 

This premier professional development event for Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, volunteers, and professionals in agricultural literacy will provide tools, techniques, and inspiration to include food and agriculture as a lens for learning. We encourage you to submit a proposal if you have lessons and resources to share!


Proposals must demonstrate how the workshop uses agricultural concepts to meet the National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes (NALOs) and teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, STEM, social studies and other subject areas. Proposals must reach elementary, middle school, high school, or all grade levels.

The selected workshop's primary presenter will receive $50 off their conference registration. Applicants will be notified in December of workshop selections.

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Featured Lessons

Grades K-2

Milk, Sugar, Science: Engineering Ice Cream

In this lesson, Students explore the journey of milk from cow to ice cream, make ice cream in a bag, and discover how food engineers have developed many different processes for making ice cream.

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Grades 3-5

Find Your Future Career

Students will discover the variety of agricultural careers available and consider their career paths in terms of economics, interests, and suitability to their personal talents and characteristics in this lesson. 

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Grades 6-8

A Chilling Investigation

Students will observe the difference in bacterial count between a hamburger that’s left out at room temperature and a hamburger that’s kept refrigerated. The lab reinforces the concept that food must be properly chilled in order for it to remain safe to eat.

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September Book Nook

A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food

In more than 40 exuberant poems and "vandalized" photographs, you'll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crepes in her head, and a boy with a pet cabbage. "Doctor Food" prescribes good food as medicine and "Dancing Kitchen" will have you shimmying with your skillet. From the amuse-bouche to the very last pea on the plate, A Moose Boosh celebrates food—growing it, making it, slurping it, and especially sharing it with loved ones at the dinner table. Bon appetit! Poetry is food for the soul, food is poetry for the tongue.

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Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Chef Roy Choi calls himself a "street cook." He wants outsiders, low-riders, kids, teens, shufflers and skateboarders to have food cooked with care, with love, with sohn maash. "Sohn maash" is the flavors in our fingertips. It is the love and cooking talent that Korean mothers and grandmothers mix into their handmade foods. For Chef Roy Choi, food means love. It also means culture, not only of Korea where he was born, but the many cultures that make up the streets of Los Angeles, where he was raised. So remixing food from the streets, just like good music—and serving it up from a truck—is true to L.A. food culture. People smiled and talked as they waited in line. Won't you join him as he makes good food smiles?

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