State Reports

State Summary 2015 — Iowa

State Contact

Mr. Will Fett
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
P.O. Box 14458
Des Moines, IA 50306-3458
P: 515.331.4182

Classroom Resources

Butter Making Charlotte's Web Animal or Plant? Farm to School Program Sunflower Life Cycles The Farm Match All about Milk Apples and Pumpkins Bees as Pollinators Creating Healthy Meals Fruits - Inside and Out Iowa, Pork and the US Seeds to Soup Soil Comparison Weather Watchers Exciting Agventures with Corn Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Carving! Water Pollution Cracker Pizza Build a Calf Workshop Conservation Nation An Introduction to Agriculture through Reading How is corn used? Feed Sacks Pork Lesson By-Product Riddles Plant Match Supply and Demand FARMLAND What’s in Your Food? Renewable Energy Choices Ag & Energy Energy Conservation Infrastructure Energy Conservation Practices Ag & Renewable Energy Ag & Solar Energy Ag & Wind Energy Ag & Biogas Energy What are Biofuels? Ag & the Biofuels Industry Ethanol then to Now Ethanol Inputs Chemical Reactions Ethanol Production Geography Vehicle Technology Engine Performance Ethanol and the Environment Production & Utilization Impact on the Corn Supply Biofuels Careers Iowa Ag Today: Agriculture is Everywhere Iowa Ag Today: Food, keeping us fueled Iowa Ag Today: Iowa's invaluable natural resources

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Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is the central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teacher students about the breadth and global significance of Iowa agriculture. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF supports existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at, on Facebook, and Twitter.

IALF maintains a regular blog at Established an Agriculture Education Advisory Council to ensure quality of materials. Completed and distributed 42,000 copies of student magazine - Iowa Ag Today. Hosted county coordinator's best practice sharing workshop and training and more than 70 individuals attended. Established a quarterly newsletter. 179 teachers applied to for a Teacher Supplement Grant.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

95% of county contacts said they would actively promote IALF resources to their schools and contacts. 42,000 fourth and fifth grade students received agricultural instruction through the student reader - Ag Today.


Will Fett is the Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. He previously worked for the National FFA Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind. and prior to that was an agricultural educator in Montana. Along with Cindy Hall, education program manager, he directs and facilitates the Ag in the Classroom program. In this position, he builds partnerships with Iowa agribusiness and individuals to fund the programs and is responsible for the marketing, public relations, and the strategic plan of the organization.