COVID-19 prevention efforts have closed schools in a majority of U.S. states, so many parents are looking for some educational material to keep their kids busy. We're compiling some virtual agriculture experiences. If you have something to add to the list, email ideas to jschlecht@agweek.com.

If you're looking to fit in some agriculture education along with worksheets and extra screen time, check out these online resources:

Dairy tours

The American Dairy Association Northeast hosted virtual farm tours for students to watch in their classrooms. The tours now can be viewed on YouTube:

For kids aged 4 to 9, watch our tour from Dutch Hollow Farm.

Kids aged 10-13 will enjoy our virtual tour from Will-O-Crest Farm.

High school kids can enjoy our tour from JoBo Holsteins Farm.

Minnesota Ag in the Classroom

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom offers a number of resources that can be a valuable tool in digital and distance learning. Here are some options to explore:

  • AgMag Online — Access the content from Minnesota Ag in the Classroom's AgMag magazine series for K-6 students digitally. Student-focused content features interactive activities as well as an Educator Center with teacher guides and lesson and activity ideas.

  • Curriculum Matrix — Search for grade appropriate lessons and activities —many of which could be modified to be completed independently. Also search the Companion Resources section to find online videos, websites and additional resources.

  • Video Library — Visit farms and challenge students to investigate the farm-to-table process using our collection of video recordings.

  • Social Media —Minnesota Ag in the Classroom will be featuring specific online resources that can be valuable to K-12 students and educators looking for standards-based, agricultural themed resources. Find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nebraska 4-H digital learning

Nebraska 4-H offers a variety of virtual learning experiences, such as Living Room Learning, a live lesson Thursdays that focuses on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home, and Boredom Buster Challenges, a live challenge on Mondays and Wednesdays in which participants are given a problem to solve using materials found in their home. They've also collected some activity guides that are perfect for hands-on learning at home. Some examples of their offerings include an equine webinar series, Cat Club, and lessons on healthy living, science, STEM and more.

Visit https://4h.unl.edu/virtual-home-learning for more information.

Ohio Pig Farm virtual tour

The Ohio Pork Council is offering a unique opportunity for parents, teachers and students of all grade levels to experience a live virtual field trip to an Ohio Pig Farm. The free event will be Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern on ohiopork.org/vft and on Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook Page. Visit ohiopork.org/vft to register. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/585641978692311/?active_tab=about.

National Ag in the Classroom virtual activities and tours

National Ag in the Classroom offers a number of virtual tours at https://www.agclassroom.org/student/tours.cfm. The tours run the gamut of agriculture, with crops, vegetables and various livestock represented.

At https://www.agclassroom.org/360/index.cfm National Ag in the Classroom has a few other agriculture features, along with directions on how students can create their own virtual farm tour.

At https://www.agclassroom.org/student/, National Ag in the Classroom offers resources for students, including career explorations, games and more.

Farm Food 360 farm tours

Want to learn more about agriculture in Canada? Farm Food 360 offers virtual tours of Canadian agriculture: https://www.farmfood360.ca.

Kentucky beef cattle education

Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom offers some lessons and tours from beef cattle producers in that state: https://www.teachkyag.org/news-blog/all-about-kentucky-beef.