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Hello and Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! I am excited to begin my 6th year as the Shelby County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator with Shelby County Farm Bureau! These past few years have been a challenge, but we rose to the occasion and are better educators because of it! 

Over the course of this last year, I changed a few new things. One, is beginning my "Follow-up Friday" emails. This is an email every week or every other week depending on the information and activities that I send out to the teachers of Shelby County. This is just a way to stay in touch with you and for you to stay in the "know" with all the ag education. 

If you don't receive these emails and updates and would like to, please email me your contact information at shelbyaged@outlook.com and I will be more than happy to add you to my list.

 

Another thing that is changing is my Ag Advisory Council. This is where you tell me what kind of lessons you would like the resources you need. This Council meets 4 times throughout the year to go over what Ag in the Classroom is doing, and to brainstorm new ideas and activities for the program. Your opinion matters to me, and can make a difference! If this is something you would like to be a part of, email me, or check out my calendar for dates and times!

 

Thank you for supporting Ag Education in Shelby County! ~ Mrs. Agney 

AITC 2021-2022 School Calendar

EVERYDAY is EARTH Day!

 We have wind, soil, water, and let's not forget the sun! The Circle of Earth Bracelet is a great lesson and reminder that we are caretakers of the Earth.

One way farmers help as caretakers is by planting "double crop". With this lesson, you'll learn the benefits to a double crop and how farmers are doing their part to take care of the Earth.

Why Farmers Double Crop Lesson

Remember, without Agriculture you wouldn't have food, clothes, or in some cases fuel, and where do farmers get it from, The Earth! Another way we can celebrate Earth Day is by cutting back on our 
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food waste! In 2018, Americans wasted close to $160 BILLION in food! With some Americans going hungry, there should be no waste! With the Food Keeper Lesson, students will learn more about "expiration dates" and "good thru" dates on their food. Also, how GMO's, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are actually helping to decrease food waste in the world!

Egg-Citing   Things Might Happen...

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Soil and Seeds- First Day Of Spring!

Nutrients Help Plants Grow

 

Farmers must take good care of the soil so they can grow the best food possible. Modern technologies allow the farmers to test the soil for adequate nutrients. By testing the soil, farmers use the exact amount of nutrients to maximize plant growth and maintain soil health.

Nitrogen - Nitrogen is found in the air and soil. Many crops use nitrogen. That means farmers and gardeners add more to the soil to replace what's been used. One way farmers add nitrogen to the soil is to plant different crops, at different times, in the same field. A farmer will grow corn in the field one year and plant soybeans in that field the next year. Growing corn takes nitrogen out of the soil, but growing soybeans put nitrogen back into the soil.

Phosphorus - Phosphorus helps plants store and use energy from the sun to make food for themselves. This process is called photosynthesis. Plants need large amounts of phosphorus as they begin to grow and when the weather turns scold. Phosphorus comes from mined rock phosphate, which is then processed into a form that can be easily absorbed by plants. Plants need large amounts of phosphorous to store and use energy from the sun to make food. This process is called photosynthesis. Phosphorous also promotes root growth and winter hardiness.

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Potassium - Potassium makes cotton from cotton plants stronger, helps fruit stay fresher longer, and helps grass stay greener. Potassium helps plants survive droughts, diseases, and very hot and cold temperatures. It also helps plants produce starches, controls root growth, and opens and closes pores for water. Potassium is found in the soil ut only a small amount is available to plants. That's why farmers add potassium fertilizer to soil.

Worms Are Wonderful

When it has just rained and the temperature is warmer, the worms come out of hiding! Ag In The Classroom has a lesson specific to 1st graders that is all about worms! Can you remember what Mrs. Agney likes best about worms? Their poop! Look at these lessons to see if you can understand why.
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The Water Cycle

The sun heats up water in rivers, lakes and oceans and turns it into vapor. The water vapor leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air. This step is known as evaporation.
 
Water vapor in the air cools and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called condensation.
 
When water condenses and the air cannot hold it anymore, the clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in form of of rain, hail, sleet, or snow. This is called precipitation. When water falls back to Earth as precipitation, it may fall back into the oceans, lakes, or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the Earth and become part of the "ground water" used for plants and animals, or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes, or rivers where the cycle starts all over again.
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Kahoot

"Kahoot offers online quizzes that are easy to use and even easier to make from your computer or mobile device. You can find our quizzes at GetKahoot.com by searching the public Kahoots page for ILAgintheclassroom. Then have your students navigate to Kahoot.it to play along and respond to the quiz questions!"

Any Grade Level Resources

National Agriculture in the Classroom 

Ag Gaming & WebQuests

- Nutrients for Life

- Journey 2050 (Age 13-Adult)

- Farmers 2050 (Ages 13-Adult)

- My American Farm (Ages 5-12)

- From Seed to Shelf (Ages 12-Adult)

Student Center

- Range Rambler

- AgOverload

- Eggville Escapades (Ages 8-12)

- Project Ag BAdge - Fall 2019

Virtual Farm Tours

- 360 Agriculture

- Egg and Poultry Farms

- Pig Farms

- Crop Farms

- Dairy Farms and Milk Processing

- Sheep Farms

- Beef Cattle Farms

- Fruit and Vegtable Farms

- Specialty Farms