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Ag Mags

The Illinois Farm Bureau® Ag Mags are 4-page, colorful agricultural magazines for kids. They contain information about agriculture, bright pictures, classroom activities, and agricultural careers. Contact Cook County Farm Bureau® to receive copies for your classroom. 708 - 354 - 3276 or aitc2@cookcfb.org

Ag Mags are FREE if picked up from the Farm Bureau office in Countryside. Shipping costs will apply, if mailed. Click on a title to download a particular AgMag. We suggest that teachers reuse Ag Mags from year to year. 

Ag Mag Topics

Apples: Explore apple production, history, growth and varieties. Strong focus on Social Sciences standards.

Beef: A look at nutritional value, cuts of beef, products, breeds, and the stomachs of ruminant animals. Focus on Physical Development and Health standards. 

Biotechnology: Basic concepts and agricultural benefits of biotechnology with a strong emphasis on History, Geography, Science, Technology and Society. 

Careers: A look at jobs in agriculture, both farming and non-farming, and projected employment opportunities. Strong Social Science correlation. 

Corn:  A look at corn, diversity of products, and a strong emphasis on corn as a renewable resource for use in ethanol and corn plastic.

Dairy: Follow the route of dairy from the farm to the store to your home to your body. Emphasis on Nutrition.

Horse: Explore horses in the past and the present day. Strong History emphasis, as well as Math activities.

Horticulture:  Read all about the horticulture industry and what careers students can take in the industry.  This Ag Mag is written at a sixth to eighth grade level and involves high vocabulary, facts, and figures, but with real-life pictures and a great background, elementary students can understand and learn a lot from this Ag Mag as well. 

Illinois: Take a trip back to a 50s-style diner to learn about Illinois commodities. Learn about diner slang, food prices then and now, and towns important to the food industry. 

Livestock: Focuses on livestock production which is an important part in Illinois agriculture.

Nutrition: Focuses on consumption agriculture and uses the food guide pyramid and exercise to optimize nutrition and fitness. Emphasis on Physical Development and Health.

Pizza: From crust to ingredients to the final product – learn how agriculture is involved. Emphasis on Social Science and Math standards.

Pork:  Care of livestock as well as a strong emphasis on the environmental aspect of pork production.

Poultry: Science, Social Science, and Math standards are addressed through studies of embryology, chickens and turkeys. 

Pumpkin: Language, Science, and Social Science standards are address through genetics, blossom dissection, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.

Renewable Energy:Focuses on all aspects of energy including the history of it and tips for going green.

Sheep: Fiber production from farm to garment provides an opportunity to address Science, Economic and History standards. 

Soil: Erosion, soil profiles, and usable land for food production are examined through Science-based standards. 

Soybeans: The versatile soybean is examined with an emphasis on Nutrition, Economics and Geography. Math and Science standards are also addressed in this issue. 

Technology: Technology, from simple machines to global positioning satellites, is examined through Math and Science standards. 

Tree: Environmental information on trees, focusing on how to care for trees, why they are important and careers involved with trees. 

Urban:  Focuses on different forms of Agriculture in urban areas including rooftop gardens, farmers' markers and food distribution.

Water: The water cycle, water transportation, water pollution, and water conservation are addressed through Math and Science standards.