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KFAC is accepting applications for the Harold Mertz memorial scholarship for the upcoming summer conference. This scholarship covers the cost of the registration for the conference ($65 value), which includes, snacks, lunch and classroom resources. Completed applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2016. Winners will be announced by April 11.
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Registration is now being accepted for the Wichita and Garden City summer institutes. To register, please email Natalie Anderson at email@example.com.
Kansas Day is January 29 and these lesson plans are perfect to highlight some great aspects of Kansas agriculture!
We are excited to announce our very first one-day summer conference happening on June 2, 2016 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. This conference is open to Kansas teachers, volunteers and supporters of agriculture in the classroom. Keynote speakers this year include Dr. Monte Selby and the Peterson Farm Brothers! Registration will open January 19th. Visit the conference website for more information.
2015 has been full of great events, people and learning all about agriculture. Take a look at our Annual Report for more information! Thank you to our generous donors for funding all of the projects, trainings and resources that we are able to provide each year to Kansas teachers.
KFAC has recently updated the Corn Calculations, Growing a Beanie Baby (previously called Beanie Baby) and the Kernel Kids lesson plans. These lesson plans now provide more photos, clearer instructions and are in a user-friendly format!
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A long-time friend and supporter of KFAC, Mr. Harold Mertz, recently passed away. Harold's family has set-up a memorial fund in his honor to the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. If you're interested in making a contribution in Harold's honor, please be sure to indicate on the memo line of the check.
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The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) held its Annual Meeting Nov. 17, 2015 at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan. Thirty-five donors, teachers, board members and staff attended the celebration. READ MORE>
KFAC is excited to share the newest version of the Pumpkin Exploration lesson plan! Fall is the perfect time of year for students to learn about pumpkins. This lesson plan is designed for grades three through five and contains three activities, all achieving Kansas educational standards for math, science and english language arts.
We are excited to announce Ray Huff, principal and teacher at Service Valley Charter Academy in Oswego, Kan., has been selected as the 2016 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year. Huff will have the opportunity to travel to the 2016 National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Phoenix, Ariz. His trip is sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. Read More
Three teachers were honored with the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Excellence in Teaching award. Read More
The theme for this year's Bookmark Art contest is "Pollinators Put Food on the Table." The annual art contest is open to all Kansas students in grades K-6. Entry forms must be postmarked by February 2, 2016. A winner from each grade level will be chosen as well as on overall grand prize winner. Cash prizes will be awarded. For complete contest rules, click here.
We are excited to offer TWO NEW resources all about pollinators! Our new Kids Connection magazine - A Pollinator Party: Partners in Agriculture, makes a great reader for morning work, homework assignment or reading center piece! Download it free!
Our newest lesson plan, Pollinators, offers two hands-on activities for students to understand the importance of pollinators in food production. This lesson plan follows state education standards for science and language arts. Download it free.
KFAC is excited to announce a social media photo contest all about pollinators! Photos can be submitted beginning September 16 through October 23. All photos will be posted on KFAC social media platforms and left to the general public to choose the winner. The winner with the top photo will receive their choice of a guided tour of the K-State Insect Zoo for up to 25 people or a $75 gift card. Photos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Photo Contest 2015." For complete rules and photo submission guidelines, click here.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - July 15, 2015 - Dianna Deniston, a math coach at Victor Ornelas Elementary School in Garden City, Kan., and the 2015 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year, recently attended the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Louisville, Ky. Deniston attended the "Unbridled Possibilities" conference June 17-19, sponsored by the High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas.
Deniston and teachers around the country had the opportunity to attend exciting, engaging and interactive workshops and unique tours highlighting the equine industry in Kentucky. READ MORE
KFAC is excited to offer Agriculture + Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (A+STEM) half-day, customizable teacher workshops. Learn how to use agriculture as a teaching tool for STEM curriculum and get your students excited about education with project-based learning! For more information or to schedule an A+STEM workshop for your school district, email us at email@example.com or call (785) 320-4350.
During state Ag Month, several agriculture groups across the state put together a virtual dairy tour for four 5th grade classes from Williamsburg, Leon and Norton. Students "traveled" virtually to Steve Strickler's dairy farm in Iola, Kan. to learn the ins and outs of a dairy farm. Be sure to check out the dairy lesson plans to accompany this tour!
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With help from Wisconsin and California Ag in the Classroom programs, as well as the Midwest Dairy Association, we are excited to offer 3 new Dairy lesson plans. Great for grades 3-5, these lessons provide information on milk's journey from the farm to the glass, as well as how to make several dairy products including butter and ice cream! Go to lessons>>
Jan. 19: Registration opens for KFAC Summer Conference
Feb. 6: Science Pioneers, Kansas City
Feb. 11: Kansas Commodity Classic, Manhattan
Feb 19: Last day of Early Bird registration
March 15, 2016: National and Kansas Agriculture Day
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Christy Schertz is a third through fifth grade teacher at Triplains school in Winona, Kan.
"My class loves our ag in the classroom lessons. They are usually hands on, and the kids are excited to try and learn new things." READ MORE»
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As of November 17, 2015, this is a list of the Ag Advocate Donors. We greatly appreciate your support of KFAC and agricultural education in Kansas. If you're interested in becoming a donor, please download Ag Advocate Donor form.
Take a look at our 2014 Annual Report to learn about KFAC and our wonderful 2014 year!
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