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Septebmer 5 IAITC FarmWeek Bellringer

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the 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.

*This week we have attached the word document of the story.

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

Soybased tires hit the road this month

  1. What do projections say about the 2017 US soybean crop?   (FARMERS ARE ON PACE TO PRODUCE THE LARGEST CROP ON RECORD)
  2. Name  the Chairman of the United Soybean Board.  (John Motter from Jerena, Ohio)
  3. Name the manufacturer of the new Assurance WeatherReady tire.  (Goodyear)
  4. How are soybeans used in the production of this tire? (soy oil is used in manufacturing process)
  5. Researchers found soy oil keeps rubber more viable at lower temperatures.   Use context clues to define viable.  (capable of working successfully, feasible)
  6. In 2016, Illinois produced 592,950,000 bushels of soybeans.  (  The initial estimates of production of tires is that 60,000 bushels of soybeans could be used in this production.  What percentage of IL soybeans would this be? .(01%  60,000/592,950,000)
  7. How will this new tire impact soybeans production in your area? (Answers will vary)
  8. List the careers you feel are involved in brining the new soybean based tire to production.  (answers will vary)

For more info on Soybeans, consider the following.

The Illinois Soybean Ag Mag

TEDx Talk “Sitting on Soybeans featuring Ford scientist Debbie Mielewski.

Consider using the 2016 Illinois Reads book “The Inventor’s Secret what Thomas Edison told Henry Ford”” by Suzanne Slade to learn more about STEM and the beginnings of Ford Motors.  Check  with your County Ag Literacy Coordinator for a copy. 

And visit Illinois Soybean at

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