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Book Club for Adults & Educators

Join Cook County Farm Bureau® as we explore themes of social class, sacrifice, food insecurity, and compassion. Through readings, group discussion, presentations, and a group work night at a local pantry, Book Club participants will also learn about Cook County agriculture.

Free Teacher Workshop Opportunities

2019 Workshops Coming Soon!

Earn 2 free Professional Development Credit Hours on various topics throughout the school year. Leave with a new appreciation for agriculture as well as lessons and activities to use in your classroom.


Grant Information & Applications

Teachers are urged to apply for these (up to) $300 classroom grants to incorporate new and exciting agriculture related topics into their existing classrooms. 2018-19 Teacher Grant Applications are now closed. Check back next July for new opportunities under, Teacher Resources/Grants.

Summer Professional Development

Summer Agriculture Institutes 1 & 2

The Summer Agriculture Institute: Tour farms to learn how food is grown, learn how to include agriculture in your STEM curriculum, connect food, fuel, fiber from farm to Chicago, experience active learning like driving a tractor/walking a corn field.

Teacher Resources

Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Illinois Ag in the Classroom is a great resource year-round. It's filled with teacher resources and workshops, as well as other informative articles.

Ag Mags

4-Page Colorful Ag Magazines for Kids

The Illinois Farm Bureau® Ag Mags contain information about agriculture, bright pictures, classroom activities and agricultural careers. Contact Cook County Farm Bureau® to receive copies for your classroom.

Learning Kits

Free Classroom Kits

All kits are inclusive and designed to bring agriculture to life in your classroom with hands-on activities and exercises in math, science, social studies and language arts based on the CORE/Next Generation Science Standards.

Food Check Out Day Food Drive

Benefiting The Ronald McDonald Charities

Join the Cook County Farm Bureau as we host our annual Food Check Out Day benefiting the Ronald McDonald Charities of Chicagoland and NW Indiana.

Ag Days

Interactive Day for 3rd Graders

3rd graders learn about Cook County's agricultural world through a two-hour rotation of learning stations: Dairy Cows, Plants, Chickens, Cory & Soybeans, Horses and more.

Additional Links

Links to more information on a topic, or other places with a multitude of resources.

Adopt a Classroom

Teach your classroom where food and fiber come from!

If you are a Chicago area teacher, your students can correspond with an Illinois farmer through the Adopt a Classroom Program. From fall to spring your classroom will interact with your Farm Writer and gain valuable knowledge through the farmer's experience.

National Ag in the Classroom Matrix

Online Curriculum Map for K-12 Teachers

The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.

Journey 2050

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.