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January 8 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, January 08, 2018

January 8, 2018



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.   


Hard to believe now, but 2017 was sixth warmest on record.

  1.  What was the 2017 average temperature? (54.3 degrees)
  2. How warm was February 2017?  (average of 41 degrees, 10.1 degrees above normal.)
  3. What was notable about August 2017? (average of 75 degrees, 3.1 below normal, 10th coolest on record)
  4. Name two unique aspects of December 2017.  (Until the Christmas Eve cold snap, it was exceptionally mild, but also dry, the 8th driest on record)
  5. Describe the precipitation pattern of 2017. (very uneven, April was 8th wettest,  September 5th driest.  However there are areas of dryness that could be areas of concern for areas of Central Illinois and South Eastern Illinois. )
  6. Records on climate have been kept since 1895.  Describe how those in agriculture have used weather records to their advantage.  (answers will vary)

As a bonus feature, as Illinois is in the deep freeze, Australia is suffering record heat.   Consider reading and analyzing this article.

Special congratulations to Pontiac High School Agriculture Education Instructor Jesse Faber, Livingston County.  He represented Illinois as the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Discussion Meet contestant at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher contest.  Mr. Faber advanced to the Sweet 16.  We are all proud of his outstanding accomplishment!


Listed below are two questions that were used in the meet.  Consider your answers to these questions.

  1.  With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and  open new world markets?

(President Donald Trump addressed the audience on Monday, and discussed NAFTA as another highlight!)

  1.  How can farmer and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input suppliers and provider consolidation.  

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