State Reports

State Summary 2017 — 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

All About Milk Whats in Your FOod Ag Bingo By-Product Riddles Plant Match Renewable Fuels and Agriculture Conservation Game Farmers and Gardeners From Plants and Animals Nitrogen Cycle Agriculture Pictionary We Depend on Plants & Animals Ergot & The Crucible Avian Influenza Farmers and Superheroes Too Agriculture Career Pictionary Plant Parts We Eat Average Daily Gain Math Bee Life Cycle Animals in Iowa From Pig to Bacon History of Iowa Agriculture The Importance of Soil pH for Plants Soil Conservation Life Cycle of a Chicken Turkey; Farm to Fork Perfect and Imperfect Flower Dissection Living or Non-living Things on a Farm Soybean Germination and Growth Farming for Everyone Everywhere Farm Animals and Their Babies Agriculture Across the USA Turkey Talk Math Beef Math Beef Science Corn - Seed to Cereal Create Your Own Herd Ag Cranium Water Quality - Nutrient Management GMO Decisions Farm Machines - Then and Now

Publications: Iowa Ag Today: Middle School Social Studies My Family's Soybean Farm My Family's Wind 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 coordinators' best practice sharing workshop and training and more than 60 individuals attended. Distribute a quarterly newsletter. 240 teachers applied to for a Teacher Supplement Grant. Taught one sections of an online course, Renewable Energy from Agriculture and the Science of Sustainability. Taught one section of an online course, The Science of Water Quality. Published a book: My Family's Soybean Farm and My Family's Wind Farm. More books are in process for pork and others. 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 grade students received agricultural instruction through the student reader - Ag Today. 1,800 classrooms received copies of the My Family's Farm books. 35,000 seventh grade students received agricultural instruction through the student reader - Ag Today. Average session duration on was 2 minutes. A total of 7.9K unique website users and a total of 14K sessions. IALF blog received 69,900 views in 2017.


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.