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The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

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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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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

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The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

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May 8 IAITC FarmWeek

Monday, May 08, 2017

May 8, 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. 

Planting Seeds:  Looking to agriculture’s future on Illinois Campuses  (page 5)

  1. Name the four Universities that offer agriculture programs in Illinois.(Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Western Illinois University)
  2. Southern Illinois University Dean of Agricultural Sciences worries about talented minds leaving the state.Explain what he means.  (answers will vary, but should include the fact that nearly 45% of Illinois HS Graduates left the state to attend college, more than likely many won’t return to Illinois.)
  3. Illinois State University Agriculture Department Chair Rob Rhykerd sees rocketing growth in horticulture careers.What other majors could consider horticulture careers?  (plant sciences majors could consider positions at plant nursery or seed breeding companies)
  4. The University of Illinois is looking to increase ACES (College of Agriculture, Consumers and Environmental Sciences) enrolment by 30 percent by 2020.Name two opportunities the University is considering to boost enrollment.  (Using Extension Agents stations throughout the state to assist in recruitment, starting a ‘care center’ to assist students with required subjects, adding computer science programs to dovetail with plant sciences, making computer science a minor)
  5. Western Illinois University’s Dr. Andy Baker, Director of the School of Agriculture focuses on ‘Intracurricular activities’. In your own words, explain that these are and how these engage students.  (Answers will vary but should show that intracurricular activities are more than clubs and teams, they are linking classes to the real world.  These activities engage students by offering them real world experiences.)
  6. The four universities in Illinois are targeting you!From the reading, describe which university are you most excited about and why.Additionally, consider doing more research on the university of your choice and contact the University Representative listed in the article to express your desires and to inquire about additional opportunities.(Answers will vary)


Monarch issues raising concerns, but Illinois ag can act (page 8)

  1.  Explain the two monarch strategies that Illinois is developing.  (one is the multistate monarch flyway, the second is to guide conservation efforts should the monarch become listed as threatened or endangered species)
  2. Explain two impacts that could be imposed on farmers if the monarch becomes endangered or threatened.  (could impact use so pesticides and mowing)
  3. What did the rusty patch bumblebee do to impact the$115 million dollar bridge project in Kane County? (the project possibly threatens the habitat of the rusty patch bumblebee)

Students buzzing about IAITC flower and pollination lessons (page 10)

  1. Describe why Jasper County students are using dead bees glued to toothpicks, (this process replicates bees collecting and distributing pollen grains with real flowers.)
  2. In your own words why are students most interested in this project?(Answers will vary but should include the references that the students had the resources to take care of and grow their own plant that they didn’t’ have before, and they have sparked interests in agricultural careers. 

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