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Farm Bureau offers Summer Agricultural Institute for educators

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 2:08 p.m. CDT

Applications are now available for this year’s Summer Agricultural Institute II; the institute targets pre-school to high school educators who want to expand their curriculum to include topics related to agriculture.

This year’s program will feature two separate sessions where class participants will learn about how to relate featured topics into their classroom lessons. The dates for the Bureau, Lee and Whiteside County Summer Ag Institute II are June 16 and June 17.

June 16 will focus on “Dissecting Your Food Labels;” this will be held at the Lee County Farm Bureau in Amboy. Come and discover what food labels really mean. Understand the different type of food products including free range, GMO free, no-high fructose corn syrup and more. Explore how your food is grown, labeled and marketed to families.  

June 17 will focus on “Technology and Agronomic Advancements”, this will be held in Moline at various sites. Come and identify advancements in agriculture technology including a tour of John Deere Harvester works and Seeding group, along with John Deere Commons. Hear first-hand how far modern innovations have taken the industry.

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; and free teaching materials and more.

The cost for the class is $20 a day for Farm Bureau members and $30 a day for community members. Enrollment in both classes is $30 for members and $50 for community members. Enrollment is limited to 30 teachers. Applications are available at the Bureau County Farm Bureau at 815-875-6468. Completed applications are due May 30.

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