Ag in the Classroom

Be Aware of Agriculture Contest


The Be Aware of New York Agriculture Contest is a great way to expose students to agriculture and the food system and to meet the New York State Learning Standards in your classroom. Students can learn more about where food comes from and why it is important that they understand agriculture in New York State. The contest is divided by grade level categories and statewide winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 2 Honorable Mentions) are selected for each grade level. Information.   Application.  Send e-mail to: or call 607-255-9252

Teacher of the Year

Each year, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) recognizes an outstanding teacher who weaves agricultural concepts into the curriculum. We are now inviting applicants for Teacher of the Year. The award is given to a teacher who best demonstrates how NYAITC materials and training, including Kids Growing Food gardens, have positively impacted students. Who can apply? All New York State Schoolteachers who have been involved with NYAITC program, including Kids Growing Food. Questions? Contact NYAITC Coordinator, Nancy Schaff: (607) 255-9253 or email: or contact NYAITC Office Manager, Melissa Snyder (607) 255-9252 or email:

Classroom Visits


Obtain the tools you need to teach your students about their Long Island heritage. The program includes a 15 minute video (free copy for each school) and a visit from a farmer. Email us if you would like to have a farmer visit your 4th grade classroom. Dates are scheduled for December, January and February.

Teacher Resources

A companion to the New York history books used in the classroom. An interactive, multimedia "tool" for the social studies teacher that creates an exciting and fun learning environment! Seventh grade social studies teachers across New York State now have access to a new interactive multimedia CD-ROM study tool that will bring a comprehensive History of New York Agriculture to the classroom.  The CD offers a sophisticated pre-programmed history software template, which is highly interactive, engaging, and customizable. The program offers a factual history of New York State agriculture, demonstrating how the industry acts as a major force in our state’s economy, agriculture’s role in our heritage, and the many opportunities available in the field. For more information on the CD, contact Sandra Prokop at 800-342-3143

"A Farm Picture" (educational video) is available in a 38 minute version to Junior and Senior High Schools. This version will give you a great opportunity to teach history and economics of Long Island. One free copy is provided to each school for their collection. Click here for additional description. Email us to recieve your free copy. Replacements or additional copies can be purchased at a nominal cost.

New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Education has dozens of agriculturally related videos available for loan. The videos range for all age groups.

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Long Island Farm Bureau is a county Farm Bureau in New York State, and is affiliated by agreement with New York Farm Bureau.  Long Island Farm Bureau programs and services are available only to Farm Bureau members within Long Island. The political views expressed in these pages represent the Long Island Farm Bureau's position on various issues as they relate to Long Island.

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