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October 2, 2017 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, October 02, 2017

October 2, 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.   

Chance to serve knowledge; what farmers bring to the table

  1. The article references culinary programs.  Define culinary.  (of or for cooking)
  2. The article references the Capitol Area Vocational Center.   What is a vocational center?  (answers will vary but should include something like an extension of high school where students can learn more specific skills or trades.   Often times providing career and technical education to a larger group of schools and students that showcase specialized areas.   Many Illinois schools are still fortunate to have agriculture programs in their schools, but vocational centers can focus on other career and technical education areas.)
  3. Explain why some students have ‘a new awakening’ determining where their food comes from. (Many students don’t realize that food comes from farms.  Too many people think food comes from the grocery store.)
  4. Linda Olson says chefs are influential when discussing food and farm links.  Do you think chefs and those that prepare food should have an understanding of the food they serve?  Explain your answer.  (Answers will vary.)
  5. Several ‘hot topics’ in agriculture are included in this article including animal care, GMO, and organic vs. conventional farming.  Describe what aspects of these issues you feel are the most important points to have chefs and others in the food service sector understand.   (answers will vary)
  6. In your school cafeteria or in your town, describe the aspects of local food or understanding of where food comes from.   (Answers will vary, but we encourage you to use a milk carton from the cafeteria and use the code on the carton to track milk from the processing plant to your school by visiting the site www.



Consider this article on how the use of ethanol and renewable fuels has softened price spikes in gasoline after the recent hurricanes knocked out production in the Gulf of Mexico.

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