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

Oct. 15- White-Reinhardt Ag Scholarship Applications Due

Oct. 15- White-Reinhardt Grants Cycle 1 Application 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 
Top Cut Beef Contest Registration Open!
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 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!
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!
2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and New York Agriculture in the Classroom are excited to announce the 2022 National Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York! The conference will take place June 28-July 1, 2022 and celebrate the theme "Empire State of Agriculture". Stay tuned for more information and scholarship opportunities to attend. 
CHS Foundation Classroom Grants
The application for the CHS Foundation Classroom Grant is now available. Pre-kindergarten-12th grade teachers with agriculture-related projects in need of funding are invited to apply. The CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) partner each year to offer this grant opportunity. Teachers with projects that can be conducted virtually are welcome to apply as well.

Projects funded in the past include 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. 15Apply for a CHS Foundation Classroom Grant 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
apple basket
A is for Apples
In this lesson, students will use the five senses to investigate apples, identify and model the parts of an apple, make applesauce, and learn how apples are grown.
Students will categorize sources of basic agricultural products alphabetically in this K-2 lesson
Many Types of Farms
Students will explore the sources of a variety of agricultural products and discover that farms can be diverse in size and in products that are grown and raised in this lesson
Terrariums: A Look at the Living and Nonliving World
In this lesson, students will observe the interactions between living plants and other living and nonliving things in a small terrarium environment. They will also learn about farms and discuss similarities between the terrarium environment and the farm environment. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
Growing America
Students will determine corn anatomy and function of plant parts, identify stages of plant development in corn, and research how temperature plays a role in corn growth as they calculate growing degree units (GDUs) for a region in this lesson.
Through project-based learning, students examine fruit and vegetable farms to discover the amount of manual labor required to plant, grow, and harvest some of our food. They 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.
Apples and the Science of Genetic Selection
Students will distinguish between natural and artificial selection and use a student-centered learning activity to see how science and genetics have been used to artificially select apples for specific traits like color, texture, taste, and crispness. This lesson is intended for students in grades 9-12. 
Filling the Global Grocery Bag
In this lesson, students will learn what factors affect a country's ability to produce their own food and how food expenses differ throughout the world.
September Book Nook
Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers' Market
This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers' market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown-it's all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors' wares with poems like "Farmer Greg's Free-Range Eggs," "Summer Checklist," and "Necessary Mess."
Apples to Oregon
A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling. The slightly true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains.
The Summer My Father Was Ten
That was the summer the boy lost a baseball under a tomato plant in Mr. Bellavista's garden. And someone tossed a tomato back instead of a baseball. A lively battle took place, which seemes like great fun at the time, but in the end Mr. Bellavista's garden had been destroyed. In a touching story of one boy's efforts to make amends, we see the rebuilding of a garden and the forming of a relationship across generations.
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