State Reports

State Summary 2016 — 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

Ag Cranium
Animals in Iowa
Average Daily Gain Math Lesson
Bee Life Cycle
From Pig to Bacon
History of Iowa Agriculture
Plant Parts We Eat
Soil Conservation
The Importance of Soil pH for Plants
Beginnings of Agriculture
Dairy Products We Eat
Farm Economics and Food Processing
Farming Through the Seasons
Father of the Green Revolution
Plant Growth in Different Soil Types
Soil Erosion
The Amazing Milk Cow
Whey Waste

Publications: Iowa Ag Today: Culture, Society, Economy & Geography
Iowa Ag Today: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Iowa Ag Today: Plants and Animals for Food, Fiber and Energy
My Family's Beef Farm
My Family's Corn Farm

All available on:

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 Completed and distributed 42,000 copies of two new issues of a student magazine - Iowa Ag Today. Hosted county coordinator's best practice sharing workshop and training and more than 65 individuals attended. Distribute a quarterly newsletter. 217 teachers applied to for a Teacher Supplement Grant. Taught two sections of an online course, Renewable Energy from Agriculture and the Science of Sustainability. Published a book: My Family's Beef Farm. Three more books are in process for corn, soybeans, and wind. Conducted 8 teacher professional development workshops.

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. 65% of teachers indicated they use the Ag Today publication to supplement their classroom activities and lessons. Average session duration on was 2 minutes 35 seconds. A total of 5,614 unique website users and a total of 19,861 page views.


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. He works with a staff of two other full time and two part time employees. He and his staff facilitate the Agriculture 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.