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March 26, 2018 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 26, 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.   

Ag studies growing option at Illinois colleges.

  1.  For what Jonathan Baldwin Turner is known?  He was a professor at Illinois College (Jacksonville in 1833) and proposed what would become the land-grant universities.
  2. Illinois College recently established agribusiness programs.   In the climate of uncertainty at the college level, what reasons can you list for establishing a new program related to agriculture?  (answers will vary, but could include students at the school wanted hands on experiences, there is a growing demand for agriculture related jobs, etc.)
  3. Heartland Community College and John A Logan college are part of the Illinois Community College system and have recently added agriculture programs.  Explain the differences between a community college and a college or university.  (answers will vary, but could include a chance to discuss Associates Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Certificate programs, cost, location, etc.  You can access our IAITC Career Ag Mag (see page 2) for descriptions.
  4. Heartland Community College has transitioned from offering online agriculture course to offering courses for transfer.  They are interested in providing dual credit courses and transfer courses to Illinois State University.  Explain both dual credit and transfer courses. (answers will vary, but provide an opportunity to discuss Dual Credit, taking a college course and receiving both high school and college credit for the course, and transfer courses, taking a course at a community college that will immediately be accepted at a 4 year university.   Typically the cost of a course at a community college is more affordable.  This could lead to a discussion on local property taxes used to fund community college programs in addition to state funding and tuition.)
  5. John A. Logan College is starting a new program but waiting to determine the specific course of study that will be based on the strengths of the new instructor.  Why would a community college wait to determine a program based on the right person being hired?  (Answers will vary but could include working to attract and keep talented instructors in a specific field)
  6. Given the expanding agriculture programs in Illinois, what does this say about the future of Illinois Agriculture?   (Answers will vary)
  7. In addition to agriculture, what other fields do you think are growing or should be growing at community colleges and universities across the state? Please provide specifics in your answer.  (answers will vary, but new and emerging technologies, like wind and solar farms, continued technology/programing/coding aspects, health and other factors facing an aging population could be possible answers.)

In other higher education news, Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield) and their agriculture department recently announced an $18 million gift that will directly benefit students at Lincoln Land through scholarships and aid as well as improvements in technology to assist students in learning.   Read the article at

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