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News Release

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Educators Participate in 2016 Summer Agricultural Institute In Macoupin County

Seven educators from Macoupin County participated in the Summer Agricultural Institute 2 conducted by the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program June 1-2. 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 Auburn Veterinary Clinic, Burnet Farms in the Raymond area, Mud Prairie Farm in Modesto, Meisenheimer’s sheep and cattle farm in Palmyra, Plainview Vineyard & Winery in Plainview, and Richland Ranch in Auburn. Christine Goldstein, Soil Conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Macoupin County taught educators about soil health through hands-on activities. Educators were able to earn 15 professional development hours for the course. This institute was designed for educators who had attended previous 4-5 day institutes.


On their evaluation one educator commented: “Each of our presenters were terrific. So knowledgeable in their field, great teachers, and so willing to share their area of expertise! I learned so much – some that will affect my daily life and some that will affect learning in my classroom.”


Another educator said, “This year’s Ag Institute forced me to think about the complexities of our environment, specifically the importance of maintaining our soil – something that I took for granted. We tend to only worry about what’s put on our plate. We need to think bigger and wider and how long reaching today’s challenges in farming are and how they will affect our future.”


The following educators attended the institute: Kay Lynn Caldieraro and Patty Lenzen – Staunton Elementary; Rita Craig and Dawn Gockel – Wolf Ridge Elementary; Lou Ann Ibberson and Becky Winslow – North Mac Elementary; and Jo Ellen Zuber – St. Michael’s School.


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 Program information is also available at



 Photo: During the Summer Agricultural Institute 2, educators learned about soil health and different management practices with the help of Brad Burnet and Christine Goldstein from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Macoupin County. Pictured from left to right at Burnet Farms: (kneeling) Rita Craig, Dawn Gockel, Christine Goldstein; (standing) Jo Ellen Zuber, Elaine Burnet, Kay Lynn Caldieraro, Becky Winslow, Lou Ann Ibberson, Brad Burnet, Jennifer Burnet, and Patty Lenzen. Not pictured: Connie Niemann - Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program.

Local Contact: Connie Niemann, Agricultural Literacy ,