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March 6, 2018 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, March 05, 2018

March 6, 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.   

Southern Illinois braces; other regions, disaster areas clean up

  1.  Use the attached maps and locate the following Illinois counties:
    1. Jackson
    2. Franklin
    3. Williamson
    4. White
    5. Iroquois
    6. Kankakee
    7. Vermilion
    8. Stephenson
    9. Rock Island
    10. LaSalle
    11. Mason
    12. Cass
    13. Pulaski
    14. Alexander
    15. Massac
  2.   Cairo, Illinois is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  Define confluence.  (meeting, convergence, union)
  3. One week ago, (February 26) the Rock River had an anticipated resurgence of river levels.   Define resurgence.  (an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence)
  4.  Chad Miller, Kankakee County Farm Bureau manager is involved with the Regional Planning Commission’s flood mitigation plan.  Define mitigation.  (the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.)
  5. What are the main causes of the current February flooding?  (statewide average of 4.9 inches of rain in February as opposed to a typical 2.6 inches)
  6. As you examine the flooded counties mentioned in the article, and know that Illinois is approaching the 200th anniversary of statehood, what can you infer about the potential of flooding in Illinois?  (Answers will vary but the river system of Illinois allowed early settlers access to markets as well as water supplies.  Towns grew around the water supply, and in many cases still exist there today)
  7.  Not reported in this article, but a levee breech in December 2015 in Southern Illinois along the Len Small Levee continues to impact Illinois farmers.  Define a leevee. (an embankment built to prevent the overflow of a river.)
  8. The Len Small Levee and Drainage is a special purpose district in and around Alexander County along the Mississippi River.  This taxing body controls the levee along the Mississippi, although other levees are controlled by the US Army Corp of Engineers.  In and around this area there are 3 different districts of Army Corps of Engineers (St. Louis, Memphis and Louisville). Additionally, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri state governments and related associations have various control over parts of the river and levee systems.  Finally, various county and local taxing bodies play a role in their local affairs concerning the river and levees.   Explain how the use of local, state and federal regulations and tax dollars might help in a specific situation, and might hurt in a specific situation.  (answers will vary)


For more photos and updates of flooding, consider liking Massac County Farm Bureau  and Pulaski-Alexander Farm Bureau on Facebook.  Of specific interest are the drone footage of the flooding from the last week of February. 


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