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IAITC FarmWeek Article October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 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.   

Young Leader diversifies Mercer County farm in response to tight margins, high rent costs

  1.  From the title, what does the word diversifies mean?  (To make or become more varied)
  2. Explain tight margins in relationship to farming.  (Answers will vary, but tight margins refer to tight profit margins.  This means it is harder to make a profit because input costs are up, sales prices are down or a combination of both)
  3. Give an example of how the Bell Farms have managed their margins on the farm (they truck and store their own crops, cutting down on expenses there)
  4. How hogs on the farm help with the bottom line on the farm? (source of income as well as fertilizer)
  5. Compare Chad Bell, along with  his wife and  two children to the average age of an Illinois Farmer using the 2012 National Ag Census.

What do you notice?(The average age is 57.8-Bell, with a 4 and 1 year old child seems to be much younger)

6.   Name and discuss benefits Bell has in being a Fourth Generation Farmer on this land.  (answers will vary, but should include some of the following.  Bell farms with his parents, they help spread the risk.  His father has farmed the land and has history with the operation as well as equipment and buildings in place to use on the farm.  Bell has made the decision to limit additional expenses (like cash rent for land) while finding other ways to increase profits on the farm.)


As an added feature, consider this article as posted on the Illinos Corn Growers Association website about the use of GMO seed in Africa.

Consider this article and the new move FOOD EVOLUTION (currently available on Huli, Amazon or iTunes.

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