L i v e s t o c k // L i t e r a c y

Teaching Farming Animal Science Through Ag Communications

May 16th, 2012 – First SAI

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Some of the teachers at this year's Summer Ag Institute.

Some of the teachers at this year’s Summer Ag Institute.

I arrived about an hour early to the Farm Bureau to help Rhodora setup for the first Summer Ag Institute. During this session the twenty teachers would have the opportunity to meet each other, as well as listen to a variety of unique speakers.

Twenty local teachers who teach from Kindergarten to High School will be participating this year. They will then be able to use what they learned during the 40-hour course and apply it in their classroom. It turns out that agriculture can be applied across a broad spectrum of subjects, from teaching about pasteurization techniques in science, to reading and discussing Ag Mags in language arts, and even to using food measurements in recipes in mathematics.

The first class session of the SAI in May gave teachers the opportunity to explore DeKalb County Farm Bureau and learn about its history. Participants also discussed what they hope to learn about the food system and reviewed the course schedule and syllabus.

Something quite interesting – my Kindergarten teacher and my sixth grade teacher are both participants! When I saw them they instantly remembered me and gave me hugs :] I think it made them proud to see one of their students all grown up with an internship.

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Author: livestockliteracy

I am an Animal Science major at the University of Illinois who aspires to work with livestock someday. It is my goal to promote animal agriculture for the general public to understand exactly what comes from food animals, how animal products are created, and how animals are treated.

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