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Summer Agricultural Institute for educators planned

Applications are now available for this year’s Summer Agricultural Institute, which is targeted to preschool to high school educators who want to expand their curriculum to include topics related to agriculture – the world’s food and fiber system. The program is offered at several locations around the state including Bureau County. This year’s dates for the session offered in Bureau County are June 17-21.

Summer Ag Institute focuses on integrating resources and hands-on activities about agriculture and the environment into existing classroom curriculum. Graduate credit/certification units can be earned upon successful completion of the course.

Participants can expect in-class instruction about agriculture and the entire food and fiber system, consumer issues relating to agriculture, teaching innovations and resources available to them; field trips to farms or other production enterprises and/or agribusinesses; lab activities relating to science and agriculture in the classroom; free teaching materials and more.

The cost for the class is $100, and enrollment is limited to 30 teachers. If a teacher is a Farm Bureau member or signs up as a member, the class costs $80. Applications are available at the Bureau County Farm Bureau at 815-875-6468. Completed applications are due May 3.


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