IALF-Annual-Report-2020

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Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

5400 University Ave.

West Des Moines, IA 50266

515-331-4182 info@iowaagliteracy.org

2020

Annual

Report


www.IowaAgLiteracy.org

www.IowaAgLiteracy.org

INSPIRING EDUCATORS

Teacher professional development workshops and courses give

educators the skills, tools, and background they need to be able to

teach agriculture in their classroom. IALF conducted 11 of these

courses – virtually – this past summer. IALF also provided three

graduate level courses and as well as presentations at teacher

conferences.

FOCUS ON STUDENTS

IALF conducts classroom programming – in person or virtually – on demand

with programs like Journey 2050 that teaches sustainable agriculture in a fun,

online gaming platform. Virtual STEM festivals, virtual farm tours, and even

virtual fair activities allowed students to learn in a hands-on fashion even while

practicing social distancing.

CREATING RESOURCES

More than 180 lessons for grades K-12 are available on the IALF website

connecting agriculture to a variety of subjects and core standards. There are

also more than 450 lessons aligned to national standards through the curriculum

matrix. Student magazines targeted toward elementary and middle school

students enhance science, social studies and language arts learning. The

publications are available in Spanish. There are also now eight books in the My

Family’s Farm series that highlight major Iowa commodities.

SUPPORTING LOCAL AND REGIONAL EFFORTS

County Farm Bureau organizations and other partner and affiliate organizations

offer Agriculture in the Classroom programming to schools and students in their

local and regional areas. This team of education providers ensures that students

across the state are learning about agriculture. IALF supports their efforts in a

variety of ways with resources, curriculum, and training.

RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE

Clarke Community Elementary School teacher, Tara Norman, was recognized

as the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture award winner. She has

integrated agriculture in math, science, social studies, and other subjects. She

even started an elementary agriculture club for students in grades 3-6.

In times of

struggle, like a global

pandemic, we often

go back to the basics

of what is important in

meeting our needs -

things like food. In this

light, the importance

of agriculture cannot

be overstated. This

challenging year has

brought disruptions to

the food supply chain,

but that teachable

moment has ushered

in more awareness to

how our food gets

from the farm to our

fork.

That is one of the

reasons why I am so

passionate about

agricultural literacy

and so proud of the

work that the Iowa

Agriculture Literacy

Foundation has

accomplished this

year. With schools

closing in the spring

and distance learning

or hybrid learning in

the fall, IALF met the

needs of teachers

and students with

virtual adaptations of

lessons and virtual

programming.

Our mission is to

educate Iowans

regarding the breadth

and

global

significance of

agriculture. Iowa’s

role in producing

corn, soybeans, pork,

beef, turkey, eggs,

and dozens of other

commodities and

goods through the

agricultural sector

puts us in a leading

role on the world

stage. I have seen

Agriculture in the

Classroom efforts

across the state

expand over the past

six years with

enthusiasm. Since

2014, IALF has

worked with or

engaged nearly

115,000,000

students and more

than 20,000

teachers!

But we couldn’t

do it without you.

Thank you for your

support of IALF!

Lindsay Calvert

IALF Board Chair

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Thank you!



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www.IowaAgLiteracy.org

Virtual adaptations!

Lessons for remote learners.

My Family’s Dairy Farm!

Printed 12,000 copies!

Website visitors!

A 344% increase over 2019.

Professional Development!

Graduate level courses!

35

14

Specialty Crops!

Six lessons on lavender!

Impact

Numbers collected in January align with National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization reporting.

40K

Students

Model

304,000 students learned about agriculture and 3,000 teachers were trained.

National Center for Agricultural Literacy logic model guides program development

Blog visitors!

A 172% increase over 2019!

247K

1.2K

Podcast Plays!

Outstanding in Their Fields!

Spanish resources!

Translated Iowa Ag Today!

Selected Financial Data

We all know that

schools are strapped for

budgetary resources and

that often teachers dip

into their own pockets to

ensure they have what

their classroom needs.

We strive to eliminate as

many financial barriers as

possible to all teachers

can use our materials and

all students can learn

about agriculture.

IALF’s total end-ofyear

net assets were

$108,139. These financial

figures are based on

year-end financial

statements without audit.



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www.IowaAgLiteracy.org

Get Involved!

Iowa will host the National

Agriculture in the Classroom

Conference in 2021! Volunteer

to help or plan on attending and

participating!

Show Your Support!

Add a specialty license plate to

your vehicle! Proceeds support

Iowa FFA, Iowa 4-H, and

Agriculture in the Classroom.

Contact or Follow Us!

Email: info@iowaagliteracy.org

Facebook: @iowaagliteracy

Twitter: @iowaagliteracy

Instagram: @iowaagliteracyfoundation

Blog: iowaagliteracy.wordpress.com

Podcast: Outstanding in Their Field

STAFF

Will Fett, Executive Director

Cindy Hall, Education Program Manager

Chrissy Rhodes, Education Program Coordinator

Melanie Bruck, Education Program Coordinator

Melissa Anderson, Administrative Assistant

Ellie Cook, Education Programs Intern

$100 to

$999

$50 to $99

At a Distance

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many

teachers and schools to consider mixed

instruction for students or to transition to

100% online classes. Many Iowa schools

moved between remote, hybrid, and fully

in-person models assessing the changing

conditions as they moved through the

school year. With this need for in-person

and virtual lessons, the Iowa Agriculture

Literacy Foundation developed virtual

learning models that could be paired with

our normal teacher lessons and can suit

both needs.

School districts implemented strategies

for safe schools that involved some

amount of continued online instruction and

virtual learning for groups of students or

periods of time. Students participated in a

combination of facilitated and independent

learning opportunities that take place at

school and at home, which requires some

new instructional approaches and content.

Agriculture in the Classroom programs

offer content-rich virtual programming.

Schools require teachers to adapt to the

“new norm” of teaching and learning.

Changes include finding new ways to

blend face-to-face and virtual teaching,

staggered teaching times, teaching in new

settings, complex scheduling, and more.

Partnering with Agriculture in the

Classroom can help support teachers,

students, and families when they most

need it.

$50,000 and

above

$25,000 to

$49,000

Farm Credit

Services of

America

National

Agriculture

in the

Classroom

Organization

$2,500 to

$9,999

$10,000 to

$24,999 Bayer CropScience

Carroll Co. Farm Bureau

Dollar General Literacy

Cargill

CHS Foundation

Corteva Agriscience

GROWMARK

Iowa Beef Industry Council

Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and

Land Stewardship

Iowa Dept. of Transportation

Iowa Egg Council

Iowa Soybean Association

Midwest Dairy

Nutrien

Tyson Foods

USDA NRCS

West Pottawattamie County

Farm Bureau

Foundation

Harrison Co. Farm Bureau

Iowa Dept. of Education

Iowa Turkey Marketing

Council

Iowa Dept. of Natural

Resources

Shelby County

Cattlemen's Association

$1,000 to

$2,499

Bayer Fund

Carroll Co.

Cattlemen's

Association

Natural Fertilizer

Services, Inc.

Shelby County

Community

Chest

Silos &

Smokestacks

National Heritage

Area

Agriland FS, Inc.

Aspinwall Coop Co.

Melanie & Richard Bruck

Lindsay Calvert

Gary Collins

Coon Rapids Rotary Club

Michael Fara

Will Fett

Jennifer Fischer

Jim Gardner

Harrison Co. Soil & Water

Conservation District

Sharon Heim

Jim Heithoff

Iowa Savings Bank

John Deere / Lauren Kornmann

Barb Lykins

Joel McKeever

Montgomery Co. Farm Bureau

Puck Enterprises

Dean and Esta Raasch

Connie Riesselman

Shelby County Community Foundation

David and Mary

Dickinson

Daniel Elliott

Cindy Hall

Mark Hamilton

Nancy Hamilton

Randy Heitz

Bill Iwen

Judy Iwen

Becky Rea

Lance Scott

Betty Stamp

Board of Directors

Lindsay Calvert, Chair Iowa Corn Growers Association

Amy Powell, Vice Chair ISU Extension & Outreach

Ronnette Vondrak, Sec./Treas. Iowa Farm Bureau

Joyce Hoppes

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Morgan Hammes

Corteva Agriscience

Casey Anderson

Iowa Beef Industry Council

Laura Elfers

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Vic Jaras

Iowa Department of Education

Karen Jones

GROWMARK

Julie Kenney

Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Morgan Minnehan

Iowa Turkey Federation

Bre Wagner

Iowa Soybean Association



515-331-4182

5400 University Ave.

West Des Moines, IA 50266

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