Ag. Literacy Newsletter
In This Issue
Farm Field Trips-Summer Agriculture Institute - 2017
Jeff Smith, Easton
Kyle Winkelmann, Tallula
Ramsey Grain, Rochester
Rich Ramsey Beekeeping, Rochester
Krone Tree Farm, Riverton
Remington Seed, Lincoln
Irwin's Dairy Farm, Beason
Gail's Pumpkin Patch, Beason
Little Grove Farm (Gellerman), Petersburg
Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford
Dowell Quarter Horses, Greenview
Seaney Farms Produce, Tallula
And we get speakers from organizations every year to help with the program.
Kevin Daugherty, Illinois Ag in the Classroom
Julie Blunier, Illinois Soybean Association
Eileen Urish, Illinois Pork Producers Association
Candy Katchmar, Prairie Farms Dairy
NEW BOOKS YOU WILL LOVE
The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers
Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty
COORDINATOR UPDATE LOGAN, MENARD, SANGAMONAhhhhh summer, the months where students kick up their feet and enjoy time recharging their batteries, but for Ag in the Classroom staff it means Summer Ag Institutes, National Ag in the Classroom Conference, grant deadlines, fundraising, and preparing for the coming school year (and then thinking…."Where did summer go?!?!?!")
The Ag in the Classroom program has had a busy June to end our 2016-2017 school year. I made it through my 12th Summer Ag Institute and enjoyed a really nice time at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference, which was held in Kansas City, MO. The National Ag in the Classroom Conference is always a great place for me to get new ideas for the coming school year as well as to visit with educators across the United States about programming and ideas for future projects. Next year the conference will be in Portland, Maine, and I am already excited to learn more about blueberries, lobster fishing, and maple syrup.
Rhonda, Karen, Amy, Rachel, and I spent February to May doing our "regularly scheduled programming". Our requests and interest in the program still surpasses the amount of time we have as a team, but we try to do a good job of spreading ourselves throughout the county schools and other educational venues.
Our plans for the 2017-2018 school year are underway, and we would like to thank you for your support of our program. I truly believe we are making a real difference and I will leave you with a quote from one of the teachers who took our Summer Ag Institute.
"When one spends most of their time in their own "box" it is enlightening to see just how big and deep the world around them is." - Brian Conklin, Pleasant Plains HS
Have a wonderful and safe summer!!
(Pictured l-r: Dawn Irwin, Katie Lynn, Blake Bryant, & Austin Dennison)
programs and ideas to teach students more about agriculture. In times when we are very short of ag educators, this group of young people is really leading the way!!!
(Pictured: Mrs Morris Kindergarten class from Cantrall Elementary)
processing facilities, and the grocery store. Everyone got to play a part in the game and kids came away with a well rounded look at farming as a whole.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPThe Agricultural Education Partnership represents the educational programs of:
University of Illinois Extension Logan, Menard, Sangamon Unit
Logan, Menard, and Sangamon County Farm Bureaus
Logan, Menard, and Sangamon Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Various commodity groups throughout the state.
And with the help and support of many businesses and individuals in the area (see donor insert)!!
It was formed in 2000 to organize agriculture education efforts within Sangamon & Menard Counties and added Logan County in 2013 with a goal to provide educators, students, and the public with a unified agricultural message.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
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