For 35 years, a free agricultural education magazine has been sharing the stories of farmers from across the state, and the food, fuel, and fiber they grow, with Minnesota students to help them learn more about the world of agriculture.
AgMag started in 1986 with sixth-grade audiences in mind, but it has grown over the years both in its publication and its digital presence, says Keri Sidle, education specialist for Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), which makes the magazine available to classrooms around the state.
“The past two years have really shown a need for educational resources about agriculture to meet teachers and classrooms where they are," she says. “AgMag has responded — and now, for the first time, we have fall and spring editions tailored to every elementary grade level.”
The publication also recently unveiled a new website which makes access to the magazine content easier, says Sue Knott, MAITC education specialist.
“We want teachers to be able to use AgMag in the way that makes the most sense for their classroom, whether in print or digital,” Knott says. “They also work well together, with complementary content and interactive lessons.”
Each edition includes information about the plants and animals that farmers produce, along with a glossary to help kids learn more about the world of agriculture. The magazine is based on Minnesota academic standards and National Ag Literacy Outcomes.
Last year, more than 41,000 students learned about agriculture through their classroom AgMag subscriptions.
To learn more about MAITC, read recent stories by The Farmer at Ag in the Classroom outreach grows despite pandemic and Farm Camp Minnesota brings ag experiences alive for youth.