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What’s New

Summer Ag Institute registration now open

How does agriculture impact and shape our society? How do economics, geography, and history determine what is grown or produced in our area? The institute will give teachers the tools to broaden students’ understanding of this essential industry. Via farm and agribusiness tours, expert speakers, and ag literacy resource exploration, participants will discover and develop ways to use agriculture to address the Social Science standards. Find out more details and check out the Institute schedule!

Teachers can earn 30 professional development hours (PDCs) or two hours of graduate credit while exploring ways to tie local agriculture to the curriculum.

Class meeting dates will be:
June 8 from 8:30 a.m.-noon
June 11-14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Registration for all participants is $100. Those seeking graduate credit will also need to register for the course and pay $200 tuition through University of St. Francis (course number REAL 694 Z24).

The 2018 Summer Ag Institute is sponsored by DeKalb County Farm Bureau, the DeKalb Regional Office of Education, and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

New Ag Literacy site in the works!

The new Ag Literacy site will feature photos and contents lists for all of our resource kits!

We can’t wait for the launch of! Our new site will include…

  • A calendar of upcoming ag literacy events and deadlines.
  • An easily-searchable “Classroom Tools” section featuring photos and descriptions of the kits and other resources you can check out from our resource library. PLUS, a streamlined way to request those resources!
  • A gallery of engaging, accurate online videos you can use in the classroom.
  • Fact sheets, articles, and links on important food and environment topics.
  • More. Much more.


About Our Ag Literacy Program

We are your local source for agriculture-related resources and programs.

Learn more by viewing our Ag Literacy Brochure.

3 reasons to care about agriculture

  • Agriculture shapes your quality of life. Whether you live in a city, town, or in the country, farming and the ag industry provides your food, clothing and many everyday products.
  • Understanding Agriculture makes you an informed consumer. Learning about farming and the agricultural industry from reputable sources helps you sort fact from fiction in the news and social media.
  • Knowledge of Agriculture can prepare students for a fulfilling career. One of every six working people in the U.S. is employed within agriculture.