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Beef Resources for Educators

Find a variety of tools to help teachers of all grade levels, librarians and families incorporate beef and veal into their lessons!   

Beef & Veal in the Classroom

The Beef & Veal in the Classroom grant application deadline is July 31, 2024. Learn more by reviewing the Program Overview and resources below. 

Program Guidelines 

Grant Application

Beef and Veal Evaluation

Classroom Lesson Toolkit 

We are very thankful to Formula One Feeds, Catelli BrothersMarcho Veal, Happy Valley Meat CompanyThe Giant Company, Redner's MarketsCargill Wyalusing, and JBS Souderton for their continued support of this program. 

For more information about this program, contact Kaitlyn Swope at 814-623-2698 or [email protected]


This project was a joint Collaboration between the PA Beef Council & THE Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's PA Friends of Ag Foundation

Enjoy a first of its kind commodity book in PA! Following a successful collaborative effort through book development that models other states, the group produced and published a nonfiction children's book focusing on beef agriculture in Pennsylvania. While there are some books available that accurately relay the uniqueness of the beef industry, there are presently no books that specifically highlight beef production in Pennsylvania. The beef lifecylce is complex and it's important that the young generation understands where their food comes from. This book project provided the means for PA beef producers to tell their story to students across Pennsylvania.

Downloadable Lesson Plans Listed Below:

Reach out to Nichole Hockenberry for interest in bringing this book to your classroom! 

Pennsylvania beef farm Virtual Field Trip opportunities

Take your class on a virtual field trip to a Pennsylvania Beef Farm from the comfort of your own classroom!

This one-of-a-kind learning experience, developed for middle and high school students, will turn Pennsylvania classrooms into virtual beef farms through the use of Zoom video conferencing technology. 

With the click of a mouse, students will be transported to fields, visit barns and view animals live, guided by a Pennsylvania beef farmer and/or industry experts, as they learn about how food is grown in Pennsylvania and see what beef farmers do each day to care for their animals. They'll even be able to chat with the farmers during a live Q&A session. 

If you are interested in learning more information, contact Kaitlyn Swope, [email protected] or 814-623-2698.

Watch our trips, here!

The Raw Truth About Beef

The Raw Truth About Beef is an engaging online experience that provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes to learn about each stage in the beef lifecycle. This video-based experience focuses on getting to know ranchers and industry experts that can answer the questions you've always had about beef and beef production. Join along on the journey from pasture to plate. Download the activity guide, here

The Raw Truth About Beef program was created by the Texas Beef Council. 

Reach out to Kaitlyn Swope, 814-623-2698 or [email protected] if you are interested in getting your classroom set up with this learning program. 

True Beef Documentary 

“True Beef: From Pasture to Plate” is an innovative educational documentary that follows Pflugerville ISD agricultural science and culinary arts students as they learn about the entire process of beef production. The documentary is designed to teach culinary arts students where their food comes from while learning the importance of farming and ranching from agriculture students.

 Make the farm to fork connection with this series of lesson plans that supports the documentary "True Beef". This guide contains 8 lessons designed for the High School Culinary Arts or Family and Consumer Sciences program, however, STEM connections have been included for all lessons making it easy for teachers to make connections across the curriculum. The "True Beef" documentary was produced by Pflugerville Independent School District (TX). Download the comprehensive lesson plans below.

DOwnload the Lessons Here

The True Beef Documentary is made available to educators upon request. Reach out to Kaitlyn Swope, 814-623-2698 or [email protected] if you are interested in receiving a copy for your classroom. 

Learn More about beef with afbfa

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) has teamed up with the Beef Checkoff Program to offer engaging beef educational resources, including a FREE educational app for youth. 

The "All About Beef" app features beef heritage and nutrition games from, and is available on iTunesGoogle Play and Amazon.

For more beef education resources and Kid-Friendly Beef Recipes developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, click here.  


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Educational beef book bundles 

“The Chaney Twins” Ag Educational Children’s Books are written by twin sisters Rianna and Sheridan Chaney, and edited by their mother Rebecca Long Chaney. These books highlight the twins’ personal experiences in the beef and dairy industries. There are several books included within the series. To learn more about the Chaney family and their books, click here. 

find lesson plans for the books here 

Maple Valley Cattle Company Tour 

Visit Maple Valley Cattle Company, a cow-calf operation in Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA. Owners Mike and Amanda Butterfield take you on a tour of their operation, showcasing their farm! 

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