March Madness Agriculture and Basketball

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Leather Basketball

 Maple Floors


University of Nebraska Cornhuskers


Army Mules for Army’s Black Knights


Artie the Fighting Artichoke—Scottsdale community college
Razorback Hogs of University of Arkansas


University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fighting Pickles

IL Mascots

Hoopeston Area High School Corn Jerkers

Cobden Appleknockers

Mattoon Green Wave

Farmington Farmers

Freeport Pretzels

Urban Farmer Will Allen

(Check out Farmer Will Allen and The Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin)


Illinois Reads

First A Video!


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Learn more at the following links!

Illinois Reads

Inventors Secret

Watch a video of the book here!

Edison’s Lightbulb

Henry Ford

Fordson Tractors





National Milk Day 1/11

Celebrate National Milk Day January 11!

Watch the video here

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Contact you County AITC Coordinator for copies of the Dairy Ag Mag or Click

Here for an interactive Dairy Ag Mag!

National Milk Day

Milk Jug

Milk in School Lunch

Dairy Farms in IL

Moo to You

Where is my milk from?

Animal Care

St Louis District Dairy Council Adopt A Cow for Next School Year!



Sugar Plums and Figgy Pudding

Watch this You-Tube Video first!

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Some questions (and answers!)

  1. Name the state that just saw it’s last sugar cane processing plant close.  (Hawaii)
  2. What piece of children’s literature made gingerbread houses popular?  (Hansel and Gretel)
  3. Why do some people get oranges in their stocking? (legend says Santa Claus used to bring gold)
  4. What flavoring is produced in abundance in Oregon?  (Peppermint)
  5. What favoring is actually the root (rhizome) of a plant?  (ginger)



 Hawaiian Sugar

 Christmas Cookies


Gingerbread Houses

Animal Crackers

Sugar Plums

Candy Canes



Oranges in Christmas Stockings

Nuts and Nutcrackers


Figgy Pudding



Christmas and Agriculture

Watch this video first!

Discussion Question:

What percentage of the US Christmas Trees are grown on a farm? (98%)

What states lead in production of Christmas Tree?  (Oregon, North Carolina, Washington, Michigan)

What is a Bracts?  (colorful leaves of the poinsettia)

Where are Poinsettias originally from?  (Mexico)

What is special about Female Holly plants? (has berries)

What is the State Tree of IL?  (White Oak)

What is the State Tree of Delaware? (American Holly)

Anglo Saxon Mistle (meaning dung) and Tan (toe) means twig.  Why are birds important to Mistletoe?

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Christmas Trees



Mistletoe (more than a Justin Bieber song!)


The 2016 Book Review!


Check out the Book Review–A video and hard copy!


In time for Small Business Saturday….or a visit to you other local favorite book store, it is time to take another look at a couple of good books with an agriculture message.    This year it seems that my common theme is ‘causes’. It is ironic how many causes you can make with an agriculture link.  


The Last Great Adventure of the PB & J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson (ISBN:978 1-62370-636-4).  In Illinois, roughly 53% of all students are eligible for free and reduced lunches.  This 4th-8th grade book explores friendship and economic hard times, including hunger.   What is it like to be hungry and help a friend?  Hunger might be next door and a bountiful food supply is the answer

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle (ISBN 978-1-4521-2901)  My cause here is that farming is hard work!  This Pre-K to 2 picture book showcases a small farm getting ready for winter.  Nothing is typical about any farm, but the hard work that goes into all aspects of farms is apparent in this book!

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (ISBN 978-0-06-229889-8)  Have you seen any unkind acts or words in the last week or so?  This Pre-K to 2 picture book that shows there is a little more than planting and harvesting in every seed!  A little kindness goes a long way in this beautifully illustrated book.

The Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber (ISBN 978-0-7636-7648-3).  Pollinators and agriculture are a cause you’ll continue to see in the coming year.  Pollinators are an agriculture priority, and this K-2 Read and Wonder book is complete with excellent vocabulary is part of our IAITC Book Grant Pollinator Bundle.   The message is in harmony with the message of farmers!

Water is Water by Miranda Paul (ISBM 978-1-59643-984-9  The water cycle told through beautiful illustrations and delightful poetic text.  Although this looks like a Pre-K to 2 book, but we consider it a big part of our IAITC Environmental Stewardship Book Grant Bundle.

And the list of causes goes on.  Looking for a book on labor and agriculture?  Check out Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (ISBN 978-030705851230).  The history of genetics, biotechnology and plant science can be discovered in Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe (ISBN 978-0810954755).  Students with unique needs and STEM can both be found in Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery (ISBN 978-0-547-44315).  And of course if you are looking for an Illinois book about what it is really like to farm check out Heartland by Diane Siebert (ISBN 978-0064432870). This classic has recently been re-released and the combination of lyrical writing and outstanding illustrations by Aurora native Wendell Minor. 

Happy Reading!

Kevin Daugherty is  the Illinois Farm Bureau  Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and an avid reader.  He is currently reading That Hidden Road  (ISBN 978-1627201339) by Illinois native Rocco Versaci. It is the memoir of a bike ride across America. This book has great descriptions of the rolling fields of all sort of agriculture, as well as a reminder of the IAA Foundation Bike Ride for Agriculture!

Thanksgiving from the Farm!

 You tube video



Mashed potatoes

 Green Beans


 Ranch Dressing








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  Stitches and Agriculture

 Heart Valves and Agriculture

 Diabetes and Insulin

 Penicillin and Agriculture

 Eggs and Vaccines

 Aspirin from Bark of Willow Tree

 Chicken Soup


Discussion Questions:

  1.  How do doctors uses agriculture to practice stitches?
  2. What product was streamlined in Illinois at the USDA Ag Research Station in Peoria?
  3. How do eggs play a  role with the flu shot?
  4. What tree helped provide us with Asprin?
  5. What is your favorite comfort food when you are sick?  Explain



World Series

You-Tube Video

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Cracker Jack

 Jake Arrieta –

 Ben Zobrist


What type of wood are most Louisville Slugger bats made from?  White Ash or Maple





Farm Drainage

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Access the You-Tube Video here






4R Nutrient Stewardship Information


  1. What portion of IL is most likely to be tile drained? (northern 2/3)
  2. What nationality was John Johnston that brought tile drainage to the US? (Scottish)
  3. Name two advantages of tile drained soil (warmer and dryer soil to plant earlier)
  4. In addition to soil, where can you find nitrogen in nature? (the atmosphere)
  5. Name the 4 Rs. (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Place, Right Time)

Check out this new music parody…..”Love Your Nutrients

video link here