June is National Dairy Month! What started as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk, National Dairy Month has evolved into a month-long celebration to focus on dairy production and farming, nutrition, and offers an opportunity for whole communities to work together to promote agriculture.
Due to our lush, nutritious pastures, ample water supply, markets, and farming heritage, Kentucky is the largest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River. Lessons related to the cow and Kentucky beef production provide students a wealth of learning about life cycles, energy transfer, nutrition, the environment, and so much more.
With Christmas and the holidays upon us, let's take a look at a natural icon and decoration of the season, the conifer:
The Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KyAEC) has launched a new program, where companies, organizations, and individuals may sponsor agriculture education in classrooms across the commonwealth. Teachers and schools that are the recipients of the sponsorship receive a number of ready-to-use resources and curriculum that can be integrated into daily learning activities.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. For the next two centuries, it was a sporadic holiday. In 1941, Congress made it an official holiday and modern-day Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday in November. Use this holiday to teach gratitude, thankfulness, American history, and the significant role that agriculture played in this early American feast and in the Thanksgiving meal this year and food everyday!
Check out these related lessons and resources:
Poultry (birds such as chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese) and eggs are Kentucky's number one agricultural product in terms of numbers and sales. Last year, poultry farms brought more than $1 billion dollars to Kentucky's economy. What better time is there than Thanksgiving to celebrate our poultry farmers? We have assembled a number of lessons plans and resources to encourage an appreciation for these birds.
The beauty of fall leaves are undeniable, and they can offer a great learning opportunity for students. Utilize leaves to teach concepts in science, math, and art.
The Kentucky Pork Producers Association and the Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom recently released a comprehensive curriculum to teach Family & Consumer Sciences/Culinary & Food Services skills with the world’s most commonly consumed meat, pork.
Pumpkins are an iconic symbol of fall, and October 26 is National Pumpkin Day.
To help celebrate fall's favorite fruit, check out this list of pumpkin themed lessons and activities for all age groups.
The Kentucky corn and soybean harvest has begun and will continue into the fall. Both of these crops have a significant impact on the local economy, providing food, feed, renewable fuels, renewable fibers, and industrial products. There are about 7,000 grain farmers in Kentucky, growing these crops in every county. Wheat is also a major crop for Kentucky farmers, and it will be planted this fall to be harvested in late spring and early summer.
To help students understand the history, economics, and science of these crops, we have compiled a list of several lessons and resources.