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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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September 11 2017 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, September 11, 2017

 September 11,  2017

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.   

Guebert: Withdrawing from KORUS ‘disastous’ for Illinois Farmers

  1.  What does KORUS stand for?   Korean-U.S. Free Trade Agreement
  2. How long has the KORUS agreement been in place?   5 years
  3. What reasons does Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert give for  working to keep the KORUS agreement in place?  Commodity prices continue to remain below the cost of production, and net farm income is projected to be at the lowest level  in 15 years.  Farmers need every available option for exports. 
  4. Define the word duty (as in duty free):  (a tax charged by the government, especially on imports)
  5. Explain what happens for US farmer under the  KORUS Trade Agreement.  (Answers will vary, but should include  two-thirds of US Ag exports to Korea, including wheat, corn and cotton did not get charged an import tax. Because there were fewer taxes on the products, demand climbed.  South Korea now is the second largest market for corn-fed beef and fourth for corn.  Ag exports could reach $7 billion this year from the US To South Korea)
  6. Although Korea has been in the news lately, what is different about this agreement?   Answers will vary but may include: North Korea has been in the news as the socialistic (often refered to as totalitarian state) under President Kim Jong-un has been testing missile launches, further perfecting the launch and missile technology with each attempt.  This agreement is with South Korea, the two countries have been separated the end of World War II.
  7. A treaty that limits duties (import taxes) works both ways.  South Korea is able to send goods to the US as we send goods to South Korea. What benefits and drawbacks do you see with agreement?  Do you think President Trump should remain in the agreement or should the agreement end?  Explain your answer.  (answers will vary)

More info on the Korean Trade Agreement at

More info on North Korea Missile tests at


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