Agriculture in the Classroom

Welcome! We are so glad to have you be a part of our program. Our Ag in the Classroom educator works with participating Steuben County school districts in grades K through 7th to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of how agriculture impacts our daily lives.

The Ag in the classroom curriculum covers a wide range of topics such as exploring dairy, farming, consumer choices, conservation, natural resources and exploring food and nutrition. Curriculum lessons and activities align with New York State and National Common Core Learning Standards.

Ag in the Classroom through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is currently offering lessons to seven districts in the Steuben County Area.

If you are interested in learning more about Ag in the Classroom, please contact Stephanie McKinley at

2023-2024 Lesson Plan


New York Ag Literacy Week

Every year in the month of March, elementary schools and libraries across New York State are invited to participate in a fun and exciting project called Agriculture Literacy Week. Through New York Agriculture in the Classroom, a partnership between NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, and the NY Farm Bureau, elementary school children learn about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives and the significance of farming and farmworkers across all genre of agribusinesses.

Throughout the years of this project, children have learned about dairy animals, fiber farms, apple orchards, farm to table restaurants and food systems, farmers markets and growing fresh produce, gardening, maple syrup harvesting, raising chickens, planting trees, and so much more.

“It is so important for our children and community to understand the importance of agriculture in our county. Agriculture Literacy Week is a fun way to help people realize how much we rely on our local farmers,” says Tess McKinley, CCE Steuben Executive Director.

We  thank our volunteers, CCE staff members, and the many organizations, 4H clubs, and members of the public who sponsored books for the kids of Steuben County. Thank you all for your dedication in continuing agriculture education for the youth of Steuben County and New York State.


Last updated November 9, 2023