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11/21/16 FarmWeek

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016

FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.


Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions. 


Farm downturn could linger through 2017, hurt Main Street


1.       How many years has the farm economy been in a downturn?  (this is the 3rd year)

2.       Farm income of $71.5 billion is at a how many year low?  (eight year low)

3.       How might farm downturn impact rural communities?   (farm downturn leads to less spending in communities)

4.        Sales for ag equipment are declining.  How are declining ag sales an indicator of poor farm economy?   (answers will vary)

5.       At the end of the article, Jason Henderson explains how farmers and ag bankers can weather this rough patch.  Explain each of the options he provides and what option you feel is most important for farmers in your area. (answers will vary)


Making Math Work!

 Use the graph showcasing the farm income continues downtrend and figure the average of the 17 year history.  (Roughly approximate each year and divide by 17.  Should be around 65-75)  Use this opportunity to discuss specific events (2001-2002) ( 2013) and discuss what may have triggered spikes and drops.

Thank you for participating in our evaluation related to this article.   Winner of an AITC Book Bundle is Jamison Holt, Clinton High School.


Although there will be no FarmWeek next week we will provide an activity related to a farm article. 

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