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Updates, Contests, and Babies, Oh My!

Posted by Danielle Gerndt -

I hope each of you are braving the cold temperatures outside as we continue on throughout the month of February! This month we have started talking about the equine industry, more specifically horses. The students absolutely love telling us about their experiences with horses, and have enjoyed learning how much of an impact horses have on our state. This is a new lesson, so we too are enjoying the new activities and responses to this lesson thus far.

Avery Gerndt has made her arrival! Danielle has been enjoying the new addition and some much needed family time as well since her arrival! Big sister Ella absolutely loves having a little sister, and can't keep her eyes off of her.

Coloring contest entries are DUE this Friday, February 14th! The contest has been broken down into three categories: PreK-3, Grades 4-8, and Grades 9-12. The youngest entries will be able to color a pre-designed coloring page about agriculture and submit it. Each entry will receive a small prize. The 4-8 graders will be able to make their own poster on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper centered around the topic of "365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed," which is the National Agriculture Week theme. Students in grades 9-12 will be able to enter an original photo taken by them, also involving somehow the National Ag Week theme. If you have yet to participate, I encourage you to have your students submit their entry by this Friday. All entries should be mailed or delivered to the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga, IL. Please direct all questions to Danielle Brown our AITC Intern at

Once again, the Commodity Challenge is underway! The Illinois Farm Bureau has a great opportunity for high school ag, math, or economics students who would like to take on a new challenge! This challenge involves fictitious marketing of 100,000 bushels of corn and 30,000 bushels of beans. Classes must register before March 15th, and grain was available to be marketed beginning January 2nd, 2014 through November 28th, 2014. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three groups in each of the 4 divisions starting at $1000 for first place, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for third. If you would like more information regarding the challenge and how to enter, please go to and click the "Join" button to create your account! Once your account is set, click "Find a Game," and choose which you would like to participate in. The password for each game is Membership. I think this would be a really great way for students to get a real feel for an agriculture related job!

Thank you to those teachers that have sent in coloring contest entries. We are looking forward to seeing more in our office this week! Any questions? Call our office at 815-268-4051 or email Danielle Brown at

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