Show Us Your Sprouts Contest

Submit a photo of the seeds you sprouted for a chance to win a prize!

Free vegetable/flower seeds were included in the Grab & Go Bags at the Taste of McLean County Fair Food Fest event Aug. 5-9, 2020.

Show Us Your Sprouts Contest Rules:

  • Show us your sprouts contest is for youth ages 12 & younger
  • To enter, please submit a photo of your seeds growing – can be in a pot/container or in the ground
  • Prizes will be drawn randomly
  • Prize packs include a book, coupons/gift certicificates & more!
  • Your child does not need to be in the photo

Entry deadline: Aug. 31, 2020

Click here to submit your photo.

2020 Ag is Essential Coloring Contest

Youth ages 12 & younger can enter for the chance to win prizes in our Ag is Essential Coloring Contest! Submit a photo of your coloring page for a chance to win fun prizes!

Coloring pages can be picked up from the Grab & Go Table at the Taste of McLean County Fair Food Fest Aug. 5 – 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the McLean County Fairgrounds.

Coloring Contest Rules:

  • Coloring contest is for youth ages 12 & younger
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age category
  • Your child does not need to be in the photo
  • Use any method of coloring you like: crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc
  • Prize packs include a book, coupons/gift certicificates & more!

Entry deadline: Aug. 31, 2020

Click here to enter

Super Soybeans

From food to feed for animals, fuel and much more soybeans can be found all around you! Find out more about the super soybean and how it grows with these activities, videos & more!

Reading Materials

Ag-tivities

  • Beanie Baby – sprout a soybean, see page 4 of the Soybean Ag Mag
  • Soybean Scavenger Hunt
  • Soybean plastic – be sure to have an adult help!

Books to Read – set up a FREE account on www.openlibrary.org to read these online books for FREE for 14 days!

Videos

Virtual Field Trips

Take a trip with Illinois Ag in the Classroom this summer without leaving your house!

Virtual Field Trips will be offered every Thursday at 9 a.m. via Zoom!

Thursdays from 9:00-9:30 AM

June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16, 23, 28

Tour a dairy farm, a pumpkin farm in Utah, the Staley Museum, and more! 

Register here

June 4 – Grand Prairie Farms Virtual Field Trip – corn, popcorn & more!

IL AITC Virtual Teacher Training

Check out all that Illinois Ag in the Classroom has to offer with this line-up of virtual teacher training sessions!

McLean County teachers who complete at least one workshop will receive a FREE book & materials to implement the lessons in their classroom!!

All sessions are FREE and will be conducted via Zoom. Sessions will also be recorded & can be viewed on your own schedule.

Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM

  • June 2: View From the Cab: An Overview of Illinois Ag in the Classroom
  • June 9: Legen-dairy Lessons about Milk and Moo-re
  • June 16: STEM and Leaves: Innovative STEM Lessons with an Ag Connection
  • June 24: Scrambled States of America: Ag-Themed Books for Every State (in conjunction with the National Ag in the Classroom Virtual Summit)
  • June 30: The 3-Legged Stool: Finding Classroom Connections with Ag Sustainability
  • July 7: Plowing Through Our Past: A Look at the History of Ag in Illinois
  • July 14: Don’t Be a Bad Apple: Tasty Apple-Themed Lessons That Pack a Crunch
  • July 21: Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About: Engaging Pumpkin-Themed Texts and Lessons

Special 5-hour Mini-Conference:

  • July 30: The Cultures of Agriculture: Exploring the Diversities of Food and Farming (9:00-noon and 1:00-3:00 with help from Illinois Commodity Groups)

Register Here

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