Ag in the Classroom

Mission:

To promote agricultural awareness and consumer education among students, teachers, and the general public in order to ensure our continued access to a safe, abundant, and affordable domestic food supply.  The committee also works with educators to provide educational opportunities and user-friendly educational materials for all ages.

Teacher In-Services and Summer Ag Institute:

Teachers learn innovative ways to integrate agricultural concepts into your teaching by connecting them directly to students’ everyday lives! For Summer Ag Institute, teachers tour local farms and agribusinesses, obtain a wealth of free educational materials, and develop a plan to incorporate agricultural concepts in your classroom! Many times, teachers may earn graduate credit hours and professional development hours from agriculture workshops.

Classroom Visits:

The Ag Literacy Coordinator works with teachers to help students connect farm to food through several agriculture presentations. Each presentation contains interactive programs that complement lessons in science, math, social studies and reading. Popular classroom presentations include soybeans, pork, beef, soil, and embryology.

Conservation Day:

Ag in the Classroom sponsors presenters from University of Illinois Extension, local garden clubs, Natural Resources Service, and the local Soil and Water Conservation Service. Students learn concepts in preventing soil erosion, wildlife care, relationships between predators and prey, and ecology from a terrarium.

Classroom Resources:

In addition to classroom presentations, teachers in Edgar County have access to tons and tons of resources at Edgar County Farm Bureau. Our library features books on agriculture, agriculture learning kits, and ready made lesson plans! For any questions or to request materials, call Edgar County Farm Bureau at (217) 465-8511.

To view or print Ag Mags available online visit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom