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The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

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The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

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May 14 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 14, 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.   

 Insect activity buzzing as temperature heats up.

  1.  What two insects are showing greater populations in insect traps since temperatures have warmed up? (armyworms and black cutworm moths)
  2. Why will the colder than normal April in Illinois not impact insects in the state? (Many of Illinois insects are migratory, and the cold weather won’t impact them.)
  3. Farmers are urged to scout emerging field for the presence of insect injury.  Explain how a farmer scouts a field and what exactly they are looking for.  (Answers will vary)
  4. Name three insects that have a major impact on Illinois crops and vegitation that overwinter and will not be impacted by colder weather (corn rootworms, Emerald Ash borers and Japanese beeetles)
  5. Farmers that find more than 3 percent damage in plants after scouting are urged to contact an agronomist and consider rescue treatment.   Explain rescue treatment.  (Answers will vary)
  6. Name potential agricultural careers that are discussed in this article.  (Answers will vary)


Readers are urged to examine the article “Farmers use social media to reach German consumers” and examine how US and German social media and farmer consumer relations are similar and different!


THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! IAITC will provide one additional update on 5/21/18 this school year! PLAN NOW TO JOIN Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom and FarmWeek writes at the IAVAT Conference on June 19 in an afternoon breakout session! We look forward to your feedback in person!


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