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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom's AgMag turns 35

The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom’s AgMag has been in publication since 1986.

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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom's AgMag now has versions for all elementary school grade levels. Screenshot of https://mnagmag.org/

For 35 years, a free agricultural education magazine has been sharing the stories of real Minnesota farmers and the food, fuel and fiber they grow with Minnesota students to help them learn more about the world of agriculture.

AgMag started 1986 with sixth-grade audiences in mind, but it has grown over the years, both in its publication and its digital presence, said Keri Sidle, education specialist for Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, 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," said Sidle. “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, said 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,” said Sidle. “They also work well together, with complementary content and interactive lessons.”

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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.

Online, students can browse the Ag Terms Glossary to learn about terms from aquaculture to variable rate application. The online magazine also breaks down the difference in agricultural land across the state of Minnesota. For example in northwest Minnesota, where the "area has flat land with fertile prairie soils," commodities such as wheat, oats, soybeans, sugarbeets and potatoes can be grown. And in southwest Minnesota, which has the longest growing season, corn and soybeans grow well.

Any educator or agriculture advocate can subscribe to receive AgMag. Sign up online to receive AgMag, or read AgMag online at https://mnagmag.org.

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