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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

The team at Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is ready to get educators additional resources to increase ag literacy through K-12 education. Our staff consists of Education Specialists and Regional Ag Curriculum Specialists.

Meet our Contributors!

Ann Vote

Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist
Southwestern MN
Email | 507-381-1425

Ann Vote grew up in Mankato and attended Minnesota State University where she earned her Social Studies Education degree. She went out on the job hunt and landed a position in rural Minnesota at Cedar Mountain Schools. While teaching history in the classroom, she met her future husband, a hog farmer from Iowa. They now raise their two children on an acreage outside of Morgan. Ann has a passion for education, the outdoors and food! After 12 years of teaching, Ann has decided to step out of her own classroom and change audiences from students to educators. She is excited to collaborate with teachers in Southern Minnesota to provide their students with quality, hands-on curriculum that will increase their Ag Literacy and connect them to the people, animals and food in their own backyards.

Sarah Kuschel

Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist
Northern MN
Email | 218-929-7850

Sarah and her husband Miles are cattle ranchers in north central Minnesota. They use rotational grazing to provide forage for the cattle and produce much of their own hay. Horses play an integral part on the ranch as well.

A Sebeka High School graduate, Sarah attended Central Lakes College and graduated with an Administrative Support Degree. She has served various roles within the Cass Co. Farm Bureau, the MN Young Farmer & Ranchers Committee, American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Nimrod Scholarship Pageant Coordinator, Community Hall Board, Township Fire Warden and Sebeka FFA Alumni Board. Sarah volunteers for 4-H, FFA and Second Harvest Heartland, among others, but her favorite volunteer time is spent visiting classrooms sharing the story of agriculture.

Sarah and Miles have three children and they sincerely enjoy ranching together as a family and maintain an active life both on and off the ranch. The Kuschels believe in agriculture and what it provides to all of us every day. Rocking K Ranch is run on the traditions of yesterday while implementing tomorrow’s technology. As Sarah and Miles raise the fourth generation on the ranch, they work to ensure that the next generation will have these same opportunities on this land.

Toni Dauwalter

Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist
Central MN
Email | 651-246-6075

Toni grew up in a farming family on a small farm in WI where she developed a love of animals, growing produce, being outside and working hard. She currently lives in Carver on her own little ‘homestead’ consisting of fruit trees, gardens, bees, and a little flock of chickens. After teaching Health Education in the public school system for 6 years, Toni spent time raising her family and volunteering in the school garden. Her excitement of learning is contagious and she is eager to share the importance of agricultural education with other educators and the community in Central MN!

Wanda Patsche

Regional Ag Curriculum Specialist
Southern MN
Email | 507-236-4814

Wanda is a farm partner in CW Pork, Inc. with her husband, Chuck. Together, they raise pigs, corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota. Wanda is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato with a B.S. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. She shares her passion and time with a number of ag organizations. Wanda is a current member of the Minnesota Pork Board, a past participant of MARL (Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership), a volunteer for CommonGround, Martin County Corn and Soybean board and Farm Bureau’s Speak for Yourself. Their family was name the 2012 Pork Farm Family of the Year and Wanda was recognized as the Minnesota Pork Promoter of the Year in 2015. In addition, she takes her passion for ag a step further by using social media to reach out to consumers across the U.S. and the world. She blogs at Minnesota Farm Living where her primary objective is to help bridge the “where does my food come from” disconnect between consumers and agriculture. Wanda is looking forward to connecting with teachers and schools in Southern MN!

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Sue Knott

MAITC Education Specialist
Email | 651-201-6486

Sue Knott’s agriculture roots were established on her family’s farm in southwestern Minnesota. Experiences in 4-H, FFA and helping raise crops and livestock, inspired her to earn a degree in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota. She taught high school Agricultural Education for nine years before joining the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom team as Education Specialist in 2011. In this position, she has focused on providing professional development for K-12 teachers to introduce them to agriculture and how to use authentic agricultural content to enhance classroom instruction.

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