The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to offer highly qualified peer-reviewed educational materials to Iowa teachers. These materials are made available by the beef checkoff, which is paid by Iowa cattle producers to fund beef education, promotion, and research programs.

These materials are free for Iowa teachers. Some materials may be downloaded and reproduced. Educators living outside Iowa may contact their State Beef Council.

Iowa Family and Consumer Science Teachers

Check out our FCS resources on beef nutrition, selection and preparation.

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Elementary Educators

The Iowa Beef Industry Council has developed a resource to help teach about where our food comes from. Two PowerPoint presentations and accompanying activities may be downloaded to teach students about cattle and the beef we get from them. Teachers have asked for photos of cattle, so the presentations contain many photos. While not all classrooms have technology to show PowerPoint presentations, the presentations can each be printed on a color printer and be read as a booklet. This entire disc may be ordered from the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Download the Kits

  A Letter to the Educator 

How to use the PowerPoint presentations; science and social studies standards; objectives; list of activities included. 

  Wow That Cow! PowerPoint

A lesson on Cows for lower elementary students.

  Wow That Cow! Coloring Page

  My Cheeseburger Came fom the Farm! 

A lesson on where cheeseburgers come from for upper elementary (and older) students.

  Activities and Lessons 

For lower and upper elementary students

Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture

Children first learn where and how beef cattle are raised. Then how these cattle are processed into beef products that provide an important part of their diet, along with non-edible products that show up in everyday objects. Plus they discover how beef products are distributed and marketed.  For Ages 8-11, 32 pages - paperback. 

Cost: $7.00 plus shipping.


Beef Cattle an A-to-Z

This book introduces beef cattle and beef to children in preschool through early elementary. It uses a child's developing alphabet and reading skills to teach the basics of agricultural literacy.  For Ages 5-8, 32 pages - paperback.

Cost: $7.00 plus shipping.

My Family's Beef Farm

The Iowa Beef Industry Council in collaboration with the Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation recently distributed the book: My Family's Beef Farm written by Katie Olthoff. The book features 10-year old Cecelia Rowe who lives in Central Iowa on her family's beef farm and talks about how she and her family care for their cattle to raise safe, nutritious beef. 

My Family's Beef Farm Book & Resources

Nutrition Information for Schools

Beef Recipes for School Foodservice

Five new beef recipes using ground beef that meet the USDA menu regulations. They were developed by the Beef Culinary Center and tested in several schools across the U.S. For K-12 recipes, click here.

Find nutrition resources and tools for the classroom, lunch room and home to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth. 

How We Raise Cattle

Rethink the ranch

Rethink the Ranch

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources..

From Our Farms to Your Fork

A narrative overview of the modern beef production, and explains how Iowa cattle farmers raise cattle, which produce nutrient-rich beef for consumers, around the world.