A farmer is a paradox – he is an overall executive with his home office; a scientist using fertilizer attachments; a purchasing agent in an old straw hat; a personnel director with grease under his fingernails; a dietitian with a passion for alfalfa, aminos and antibiotics; a production expert with a surplus and a manager battling a price-cost squeeze. He manages more capital than most businessmen in town.
He likes sunshine, good food, State Fairs, dinner at noon, auctions, his shirt collar unbuttoned and, above all, a good soaking rain in August.
Farmers are found in fields – plowing up, seeding down, rotating from, planting to, fertilizing with, spraying for, and harvesting. Wives help them, little boys follow them, the Agriculture Department confuses them, city relatives visit them, salesmen detain them and wait for them, weather can delay them, but it takes Heaven to stop them.
A farmer is both Faith and Fatalist – he must have faith to continually meet the challenges of his capacities amid an ever-present possibility that an Act of God (a late spring, an early frost, tornado, floods, drought) can bring his business to a standstill. You can reduce his acreage but you can't restrain his ambition.
He is not much for droughts, ditches, throughways, experts, weeds, the eight-hour day, grasshopper or helping with housework.
Might as well put up with him – he is your friend, your competitor, your customer, your source of food, fiber and self-reliant young citizens to help replenish your cities. He is your countryman – a denim dressed, business wise, fast growing statesman of stature. And when he comes in at noon, having spent the energy of his hopes and dreams, he can be recharged anew with the magic words: "The market's up."
-National Cherry Month
-National FFA Week (22-3/1)
-Groundhog Day (2)
-Lincoln's Birthday (12)
-Floral Design Day (28)
Avery Mae Gerndt arrived January 21, and mom and baby are doing great! While I am out on maternity leave, you can contact the office for material needed, or e-mail Danielle Brown, my intern, to schedule presentations or reserve kits. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. She will primarily be working out of the Champaign office, but will be available for classroom visits on a limited basis. I look forward to returning in the middle of March!
During the months of February and March, my intern Danielle Brown will be offering schools a program on Horses. In this presentation we will look at things like the difference between breeds of horses, how they help us, and have a fun activity for the kids to participate in.
If your class is interested in this program please contact Danielle at email@example.com or 815-268-4051. Programs can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes and include hands on activities.
- Invite a farmer in to tell you his story.
- Ag Olympics Games
- Agriculture Trivia Feud
- Quick and Easy Make and Takes
- Farm Petting Zoo
- Agriculture Career Day
National Agriculture Week is coming soon. This year PreK-3rd grades are invited to participate in a coloring contest while 4th-8th grades are invited to do a poster contest. High school students will be able to submit an original photo to the contest. Teachers should have received information regarding this contest in January. Deadline to submit coloring pages/posters/pictures is February 14. If you did not receive information and would like it please contact Danielle.
All entries will be displayed in area businesses during National Agriculture Week in March.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Summer Agriculture Institute. This four day teacher workshop will be held June 12, 13, 16, 17. The planning of the program is underway. We will be touring a few Bloomington agri-tourism businesses, hearing from local farmers, and learning about how you can incorporate agriculture into your classroom.
CPDUs or grad credits (2) through Aurora University will be offered to those who attend. The Summer Agricultural Institute is open to all teachers, counselors, and administrators. Those who attended past year's class are welcome to attend again as the program will be different and feature different tours. You may only take the Grad Credit one time.
Registration information will be included in the March issue of this newsletter. If you want to be put on the list to receive more information about the Summer Agriculture Institute please send Daniele an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agriculture in the Classroom provides educators a wealth of resources for integrating agriculture, nutrition and natural resource education into the K-12 curriculum. AITC programs improve student achievement by utilizing innovative, hands-on relatable lessons that intrigue students while teaching core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts, math and nutrition. This conference showcases the best ideas and latest resources from across the country - ready for your classroom.
For more information, go to www.agclassroom.com/conference2014/index.htm to view the agenda for the week and register!