Ag in the Classroom

Vermilion County Farm Bureau

Ag Literacy Coordinator

My name is Missy Buhr and I am so excited to be the new Ag Literacy Coordinator for Vermilion County! I was born and raised on a hog farm in south central Indiana, where my family also grew corn, wheat, and soybeans; not to mention cows, chickens, children and the occasional pet. After graduating from college, I married my husband Andy, and we now live on a grain farm in rural Gifford with our two children.

I have been a second grade classroom teacher for six years and have over seven years experience at the preschool level. I am looking forward to combining two important roles that I love—agriculture and teaching.

I am eager to share this adventure with your students and look forward to meeting you very soon!


Exploding Corn

Popcorn is a treat that many of us love. But what exactly causes it to pop? Where did it come from? What types of corn can be used to create this tasty snack? Join us as we adventure through the amazing world of exploding corn.

Email to schedule your classroom or virtual lesson!

IAITC Teacher Grants

The Illinois Ag in the Classroom (IAITC) is offering book grants and classroom project grants again this school year. Book Grants allow teachers to apply for $250 in books from one of our themed collections. Project grants are $300 and can be applied to projects that incorporate agriculture-related themes into a content-area classroom. Applications due October 15, 2021.

FREE Professional Development Opportunity with AITC

Join IAITC for an "After School S.N.A.C.K." (Sharing New Ag Content & Knowledge)

We'll meet on Zoom webinar for an hour every couple months to talk about new lessons and resources and to share background knowledge to help you incorporate more ag into your classroom. Our next session on Wednesday, November 3 is all about Pork and Dairy in Illinois. Sign up here!

FREE Teacher Resources

The Vermilion County Farm Bureau offers many free resources to class room teachers to support their agriculture and science lessons.

Class Presentations are a great way to incorporate topics into class discussion with little to no additional work for the teacher. These lessons activities are planned, supported, and instructed by the Ag Literacy Coordinator. (Recommended for kindergarten through 5th grade.)

Thematic Units are boxed lessons that come with most supplies a teacher would need to provide a hands on learning opportunity to their students. Topics range from Illinois agricultural themes to hydroponics and machinery. These kits can be checked out for two weeks at a time while the larger kits are a 4 week period. (Recommended for kindergarten through 8th grade)

Learning Barn is a hands on, interactive storage barn filled with games, puzzles, books, and educational opportunities for our youngest audiences. (Recommended for preschool through 1st grade.)

Ag Mags are a 4 page, colorful agriculture magazine for students. They contain information about agriculture topics, photographs, classroom activities and careers. Many of these printed resources are also available in an interactive format.

To request lessons, units, or Ag Mags, please click here.

Life Cycle Units

Units featuring the life cycles of chickens, butterflies, and lady bugs are still available for spring dates. Please send us an email if your class is interested in one of these units.

*To allow for more classes to participate, each class will only be allowed ONE of the life cycle units, with only one of each type in a building.

Contact the Vermilion County Ag in the Classroom

Ag Literacy Coordinator

1905-C U.S. Route 150

Danville, IL 61832

Phone: 217-442-8713