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Ag Mags4-Page Colorful Ag Magazines for Kids

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


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.



  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Illinois History: From founding fathers to state symbols explore the history of Illinois and its amazing people and inventions.
  • 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: Explains the connection to one of American's favorite food to the farm.  From crust to toppings explore how all the making of pizza get from farm to you. 
  • Pollinators: What are pollinators and how can we help them? Delve into this important topic to learn how pollinators are a critical link in our food system.  
  • Pork:  Care of livestock as well as a strong emphasis on the environmental aspect of pork production.
  • Pumpkin: Language, Science and Social Science standards are addressed 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 IL standards. 
  • Wheat: Illinois produces soft winter red wheat which is used to produce cereals, cakes, glues, pastes and more.  Learn about this grass plant from drilling to milling.