Adopt A Farmer

Fourth grade classrooms across the state have the chance to "adopt" a farmer for the school year. Our farmers then send the classroom monthly video updates about what is going on at the farm that month. The farmer also visits the classroom at least once during the school year. For more information or to register your class to "adopt" a farmer email rebecca.christman@agunited.org.  

Pete Bakken, December 2016

December 28, 2016
Originally filmed December 2014.  Discussion: Many of us get a flu shot each year, or vaccinations against disease when we are young. Peter cares about his animals and wants them to stay healthy. * It is important to know that cattle given…

Dawn Nagel, December 2016

December 18, 2016
 Originally filmed December 2015.  Discussion: Dawn harvested corn, sunflowers, and soybeans. What are some of the uses for these grains?   Teacher Resource: Uses for corn Uses for Soy Uses for sunflowers game!   Core Content Standard &…

Josh Kayser, December 2016

December 18, 2016
Discussion Question:  Do you have a garden? When do you normally plant seeds? (April / May)     Content Standard & Question 4.RF.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. a. Use combined knowledge of…

Jim Petrik, December 2016

December 3, 2016
Originally filmed December 2014. Discussion Question:  Jim talked about how he uses a lot of math and science when he’s farming.  What are other careers that use math and science?   Teacher Resource:…

Heidi Selken, December 2016

December 2, 2016
Discussion: Boadwine Farms works hard to protect the environment. They save fuel by not driving the manure to apply it on the fields. They also recycle their water, and reuse animal waste. What are things that you can do to protect the environment?…

Adam Mohrhauser, December 2016

December 2, 2016
Originally filmed December 2014.  Discussion: Adam makes sure that his cattle have all the nutrients they need to stay fed and healthy in the winter. He works with an animal nutritionist to make sure that the cattle have the right nutrients in…

Bruce Burkhart, December 2016

December 1, 2016
Core Content Standard & Question 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing…

Greg Moes, December 2016

December 1, 2016
Discussion: Baby calves live in separate pens when they are young to prevent the spread of germs. What are things you can do to prevent spreading germs to your classmates?   Content Standard & Question: 4.MD.1.1 Solve problems involving…

Phil Eggers, December 2016

December 1, 2016
Content Questions: Phil told us that his cows have a diet that is balance by a nutritionist to stay healthy. Cows need to have the proper amount of protein, energy, vitamins, and mineral to stay healthy. What are foods that you can eat to stay…

Ross Varilek, November 2016

November 30, 2016
Originally filmed November 2015   Discussion: Ross told us that his family works together to run the ranch. South Dakota has 33,000 farms and 98% of them are run by families. Why do you think that his family works together on the ranch?  …

Dawn Nagel, November 2016

November 16, 2016
Originally filmed in November 2015.  Discussion: Silage is the entire corn plant chopped up and fermented.  This is kind of like turning a cucumber in to a pickle! Here’s a great link about the science of pickles.…

Heidi Selken, November 2016

November 4, 2016
Discussion Question: Heidi told us about the technology that they use on their farm with the Electronic ID tags. This allows the farmers to keep a closer eye on the cows and take better care of them. What are some ways that technology has made your…

Adam Mohrhauser, November 2016

November 4, 2016
Discussion Question:  Adam told us that his farm is his family’s original homestead. What does this mean?   Teacher Resource:  Information for students about the Homestead Act.…

Greg Moes, November 2016

November 3, 2016
Discussion: Greg told us that the farm was homesteaded in 1874. What is a homestead? What possible challenges would a person homesteading face? How did homesteading contribute to the growth of SD?   Content Standard & Question: 4.US.1.1.…

Jim Petrik, November 2016

November 2, 2016
Originally filmed November 2014.  Discussion Question:  Name products in your school or home that have corn in it?  Teachers can find answers here:   http://commodityhq.com/2012/13-ways-corn-is-used-in-our-everyday-lives/    Teacher…

Phil Eggers, November 2016

November 1, 2016
Discussion Questions: Phil told us that his family farm, Southview Farms, was started in 1907. How long has his farm been in the same family? Can you think of other business that you know of that are 100 years old or more? (Answers: Johnson &…

Bruce Burkhart, November 2016

November 1, 2016
Discussion Question:  What products in your school or home that have corn in them? Teachers can find answers here:   http://commodityhq.com/2012/13-ways-corn-is-used-in-our-everyday-lives/    Teacher Resource: …

Josh Kayser, November 2016

November 1, 2016
Discussion Question: Do you know what a grain elevator is? A regular elevator carries people up and down. What would a grain elevator do? When a truck is filled with grain it will drive to the elevator and dump out the grain. The grain is then…

Pete Bakken, November 2016

November 1, 2016
Originally filmed November 2014.  Discussion Question:  Name products in your school or home that has corn in it?  Teachers can find answers here:   http://commodityhq.com/2012/13-ways-corn-is-used-in-our-everyday-lives Teacher Resource: …

Adam Mohrhauser, October 2016

October 13, 2016
Discussion: What products in your school or home that have corn in them?  Teachers can find answers here:   http://commodityhq.com/2012/13-ways-corn-is-used-in-our-everyday-lives/    Content Standard & Question 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to…

Heidi Selken, October 2016

October 8, 2016
Originally filmed October 2015 Discussion: Heidi told us that the farm was homesteaded in 1874. What is a homestead? What possible challenges would a person homesteading face? How did homesteading contribute to the growth of SD?   Content…

Jim Petrik, October 2016

October 7, 2016
Originally filmed October 2014.  Discussion: Jim told us his pigs have a specific diet for their age.  What are some things that you eat to stay healthy? What food groups are there? Draw your own MyPlate with your favorite healthy meal!  …

Pete Bakken, October 2016

October 6, 2016
Originally filmed October 2014.  Discussion:  Peter has lots of different crops on his farm. Peter mentioned that his soybeans can be made in to all sorts of things.  Explore the soy products that are found in daily life. The teacher resource…

Dawn Nagel, October 2016

October 5, 2016
Originally filmed October 2014.  Discussion: Just like humans, cattle are pregnant for about nine months (283 days). Dr. Anderson told us that the cow was 45 days along.  How many more months will the cow be pregnant?   Teacher Resource: Facts…

Bruce Burkhart, October 2016

October 1, 2016
Originally filmed in 2013.  Discussion Question: What is your family’s heritage?  Do you have relatives that farm?   Core Standard & Question: 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g.,…
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