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Celebrate Beef!

Imagine it’s snack time and you are HUNGRY! How about a nice plate of….grass? Grass does not sound delicious to us but it’s a favorite snack of cattle. Our human digestive system isn’t able to break down the cellulose found in grass, alfalfa and other plants, but cattle have a ruminant digestive system. This system uses a four-compartment stomach to break down cellulose and use it for energy that allows cattle to produce meat and milk. May is recognized as National Beef Month – a time for us to celebrate the meat that beef cattle give us!

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What Happens During Spring Planting?

Did you know spring planting starts long before spring? That’s right. Farmers need to spend a lot of time planning and preparing for the spring planting season. Much of the planning is done the previous fall and throughout the winter. Farmers make plans on what crop to plant, what type of seed to plant and where to plant it.

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Egg-cited to Learn About Eggs!

Have you ever cracked open an egg and explored it? Eggs are not only YUMMY breakfast items (with distance learning – we have had extra time in the morning to make LOTS of eggs!), but they are also pretty cool. I have created a fun learning experience related to eggs that you can share with your students/kids. Check out this Eggology Hyperdoc and share it with your students. It will guide students through a fun learning experience and hands-on experiment.

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It’s Calving Time!

This has been a different spring for all of us but one thing that has remained the same for my family and me is calving season. Calving time is one of my favorite times on the ranch. Seeing the new life in the baby calves is such an uplifting part of the day.

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Follow Your Food Video Series

We know many teachers had field trips to farms or other agriculture related field trips planned for the spring that probably won’t be happening this year. While a video can’t completely replicate a field experiences, we do a have great video series that we call “Follow Your Food”. This video series would be great to use as a part of a distance learning lesson. There are 4 short videos to watch that look at carrot production in Northfield, the St. Paul Farmers Market, Wozupi Tribal Gardens in Shakopee and honey production in Minneapolis.

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Do It at Home Lesson: More Than a Grain of Rice

Have you ever read the book and mathematical folktake One Grain of Rice from Demi? It’s an amazing story about a young girl who saves her village by using the simple math concept of doubling. In the process she teaches the ‘raja’ or ‘king’ a lesson about what it truly means to be wise and fair.

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Let’s Make Ice Cream!

As the warmer days of spring arrive we start to think of grilling and sweet treats. Have you ever wondered where your milk or meat comes from? How beef cattle and dairy cattle compare? Check out our Milk or Meat? Beef or Dairy? Lesson where students will identify the differences between beef and dairy cattle and determine the commodities produced by each type of cattle. A fun hands on activity to make your own ice cream completes this lesson.

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DIY Bioplastic for Students Grades 3-5

What can you do with corn starch, corn oil and little water? Make bioplastic – of course! Our National Agriculture in the Classroom network is working to provide e-learning resources that students can easily complete at home to get a glimpse into the exciting and diverse world of agriculture. I thought that my daughters, 10 and 8, would be perfect people to try out one of these e-learning activities.

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Soup-er Lesson for Students Grades 3-5

Do your students know where their food is grown? How about what vegetables are found in their soup? This engaging lesson helps students identify the source of the food they eat and investigate the processes and people involved in getting food from the farm to their spoon.

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