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Ag in the Classroom builds on pandemic experiences

Ag in the Classroom builds on pandemic experiences

Ag in the Classroom is taking pandemic lessons to heart as planning gets underway for the return to normal

Ag in the Classroom Manitoba (AITC-M) is seeing the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, although executive director Sue Clayton says it will still be early 2022 before they return to in-person events. “We wanted to be cautious and make sure that we give schools and the pandemic enough time — to make

Presenting — and voting on — policy resolutions, as seen here in a 2017 file photo, is an important part of KAP and other advocacy groups. Reg Dyck is making sure his students know how the system works.

An education in engagement

Ag in the Classroom resolution ‘educational’ for ag diploma students

There are problems. And then there are problem solvers. Reg Dyck teaches a course encouraging the latter. “It’s easy for farmers to bitch and complain,” Dyck, who farms at Starbuck and teaches ‘Issues in Agriculture and Food’ as part of the University of Manitoba’s diploma in agriculture, said in an interview Feb. 10. “Each of


Attendees try their hand at wheat grinding during and earlier Amazing Agriculture 
Adventure.

Ag in the Classroom pivots under COVID-19

Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding has been announced to help the organization switch to a more virtual program delivery

Sue Clayton, executive director for Manitoba’s Agriculture in the Classroom, says new government funding will help the organization bolster online resources in the age of COVID-19. Why it matters: Agriculture in the Classroom typically offers hands-on ag experience to Manitoba students, but that will look different in the coming year. The federal and provincial governments

Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen poses with teacher Brenda Mutcher’s Grade 6 class.

Ag education brings opportunity

Agriculture literacy month to teach kids about technology in agriculture, build connections

Agriculture education may help kids get jobs that keep them in their communities and let them do what they love, says a Carman-area teacher. “Having been involved in agriculture myself, I am aware of how important agriculture is to the community,” said Brenda Mutcher, who teaches Grade 6 at Carman Collegiate. That’s one reason why

Attendees try their hand at wheat grinding during the Amazing Agriculture Adventure June 6-7.

Schools get an eye for agriculture with Ag in the Classroom

The Amazing Agriculture Adventure saw more students and adults as the annual event 
returned to Brandon in early June

Over 500 Grade 4/5 students had an Amazing Agriculture Adventure June 6-7 as Ag in the Classroom took over Brandon’s Keystone Centre. Described as Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba’s flagship event, the two-day workshop claimed more students, more teachers and more participating schools this year than in 2016. Participation jumped by about a third over



“This is a problem that will likely never be solved but the most important thing is to encourage dialogue with consumers.” – Mike Olson, vice-president of fresh merchandising with Overwaitea Food Group.

Attitudes toward food — bridging the rural-urban divide

A group of industry panellists says a lack of food literacy in urban centres and an overload of 
misguided information is furthering the gap between rural and urban residents

Farmers often remark that today’s consumer is two or three generations removed from the farm, but that works both ways — the farmer is two or three generations removed from the consumer. That makes for some misunderstanding when consumers are asking more about where their food comes from, said panellists at the recent annual meeting