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The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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March 27 IAITC FarmWeek

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

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. 

SO Many Stories this week!  Follow up on Kansas Hay Drive (page 1), IDOA Galesburg Animal Disease Lab closure (page 1), USDA Nominee Sonny Perdue (page 4), High School Ag Ed programs (page 7), Urban Agriculture (page 8), Farmers Share Breakfast (page 9), Brazilian Beef Bans (page  10), and Farm women (Page 12)

However, I picked two stories related to the Illinois Specialty Crops.

Orchard co-owners: Changes needed to expand labor pool

  1. Explain the evolution of farm labor on Jeff Flamm’s farm from World War II to the present. (Started as German POW programs, then to sharecroppers, to Hispanics workers)
  2. Why do orchards need to utilize human labor instead of mechanized tools?(To maintain quality)
  3. In 1986 Flame helped a number of illegal workers gain citizenship through amnesty programs, what happened when the became citizens? (Many left for factory jobs)
  4. Explain the predicament that Flamm faces when finding labor?(he doesn’t advocate illegal immigration, and wants secure borders, but he also wants to have folks to help on his farm.)
  5. Explain what Flamm means when he says “there may be people available locally to do the jobs, but they don’t want them.”(Answers will vary)
  6. After reading this article, consider researching more aspects of H2A program and describe what you think should be done with the use of migrant labor in agriculture.  (Answers will vary)

Growers ‘optimistic’ peach, berry crops weathered freeze

  1. Why did March temperatures impact specialty crops?  (Regionwide mid-March low temperatures averaged 18 degrees)
  2. Explain why certain varieties of peaches (including Bounty) could have 85% bloom loss and still have a good peach crop.  (these varieties have heavy bud sets, meaning they produce a lot of fruit)
  3. How did some strawberry growers protect their crop?(though use of irrigation)
  4. As Georgia celebrates Georgia Tech in the Final Four of the NIT, and South Carolina celebrates an NCAA Tournament Final Four spot, what is happening with growers in their state? (85% of the South Carolina peach crop has been lost and 80% of the blueberry crop in Georgia has been lost.  The freeze loss could approach $1 Billion.)
  5. Devise a method to explain to the non-farm students in your school what factor weather and labor plays in agriculture.Include specific examples of how both could impact your area.  (answers will vary)

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