Macoupin County Ag Literacy Newsletter
Agricultural Literacy News
In This Issue
Educators Explore Agriculture
Nineteen educators from Christian, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Morgan counties explored more about agriculture during the Summer Agricultural Institute 2 conducted by the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program June 6-7. During the two-day institute, educators toured several sites and tried hands-on activities as they learned more about the agriculture industry.
Traveling workshops included Worksaver, Inc. in Litchfield, Mennel Milling Company of Illinois in Mt. Olive, Prairie Farms in Granite City, Heepke Farms and Triangle H Farm in Edwardsville.
Educators learned about equipment manufacturing, food processing and milling, horseradish, horses, and more through these stops. Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Education Director Kevin Daugherty shared hands-on activities and resources. Educators earned 15 professional development hours for the institute.
On their evaluation one educator commented: "It is always an eye opener to see what amazing companies are around our area and are willing to support classroom learning."
following educators attended the institute: Nickie Barrett and Vanessa Kolesar
– Ben-Gil Elementary; Julie Breden, Diane Fessler, Kelli LeBlanc, and Cathy
Weinmann – Jerseyville Schools; Rita Craig, Joe Manar, Erin McAfee, and Elora
McLauglin – Wolf Ridge Elementary; Blaine Hartwick, Jessica Kimble, and Alison
Sibert – Carrollton Schools; Angie Heim – Staunton Elementary; Lou Ann Ibberson
– North Mac Elementary; Kerry Niemi – Mt. Olive Elementary; Brett Nolan –
Jacksonville High School; Connie Sackman – Shipman Elementary; and Cathy
Schaeffer – St. Mary School in Taylorville.
This program and all the resources are made possible by local sponsors. We appreciate the support of these sponsors and our traveling workshop sites that helped make this institute a success. To learn more about the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program and the resources available, please contact Connie Niemann, coordinator at 217-854-9604 or email@example.com.
Educators Connect to Agriculture
Seven educators from Calhoun, Greene, and Macoupin counties connected to agriculture at the Investigate Illinois Summer Agricultural Institute conducted by the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program June 18-21. Throughout the four-day institute, educators learned more about various aspects of agriculture through traveling workshops, guest presenters, and hands-on activities.
Traveling workshops included CHS in Shipman, Holzwarth Flying Service in Virden, Jarden's Dairy Farm in Bunker Hill, Kallal Bros., Inc. in Chesterfield, Monsanto Jerseyville Biotechnolgy Research Farm, National Great Rivers Museum/Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Rhodes Angus in Carlinville, and Sievers Equipment Company in Carlinville
Presenters included Laura Vollmer from IL Agriculture in the Classroom, Julie Blunier from IL Soybean Association, Erin McGraw from St. Louis District Dairy Council, Meg Meeker from IL Pork Producers, and Connie Niemann from Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program.
Educators tried hands-on multidisciplinary activities all correlated to the learning standards. They received innovative, classroom ready materials and learned about project grants available. Educators were able to earn 30 professional development hours or two graduate credit hours for the course.
On their evaluations one educator said: "It was a great opportunity to experience agriculture and made me aware of all the things that go into it that I never really thought of. It was an awesome experience."
Another educator said, "I thought the way that it showed us the vast array of careers available and how so many parts of agriculture are connected was fantastic."
The following educators attended the institute: Richard Cooper – North Mac Middle School; Jeanene Kiel and Amy Manker – Brussels High School; Jessica Kimble, Patty Kulenkamp, Kellie Rahe, and Alison Sibert – Carrollton Grade School.
program and all the resources are made possible by local sponsors. We
appreciate the support of these sponsors, our traveling workshop sites, and presenters
that helped make this institute a success. To learn more about the Macoupin
County Agricultural Literacy Program and the resources available, please
contact Connie Niemann, coordinator at 217-854-9604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois commodities map and pollinator posters are available to enhance your lessons. The commodities poster shows top commodities for each county and measures 24x36. The pollinator posters are available in two sizes - large 24x36 and medium 13x19.
To request your free posters, please email Connie at email@example.com.
Get them while they last.
Prairie Farms Caps - Please Save
The Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program continues to collect Prairie Farms caps to support Agriculture in the Classroom efforts. Thank you to all who have helped us collect more than 1,600 caps so far.
How can you help? Save specially marked Prairie Farms caps. Then enter the code under the cap logo online or save your caps to give to Connie when she visits your school. The code under the cap logo donates 5 cents to the Macoupin County Agricultural Education Foundation which provides the agricultural resources and classroom programs in your school. Please contact Connie with any questions.
Resources in Your School & Public Libraries
Celebrate Agriculture - Read About It! Since 2002, the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program in cooperation with program sponsors has donated books, videos, DVDs, and curricular resources to school and public libraries across the county. As a result, people of all ages have many accurate, appealing, agriculture-focused resources from which to learn more about this amazing and critical industry.
Don't let these resources go unused - check them out today! A list of all the donated resources is available under downloads at web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/macoupinaglit
Agricultural Resource Library Open
Want to explore the agricultural resources available? Come visit our resource library in the Farm Bureau building located at 220 N. Broad, Carlinville.
Dig into the hands-on learning kits to see the lessons, materials, and other resources. Browse through the many books, Ag Mags, and curricular resources. Try hands-on make and take activities and take back free materials to use in your classroom.
The library is accessible Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm. If you would like to arrange a time when the agricultural literacy coordinator is available, please contact Connie at (217)854-9604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.