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September 24, Tuesday BELLRINGER IAITC's FarmWeek

Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 24, 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, Director, Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement and  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.   


  1.  Define:
  1. Adequate (Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity)
  2. Fruition (The point at which a plan or project is realized)
  3. Accommodate (fit in with the wishes or needs of)
  4. Potential (Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future)
  1. What are two scenarios for why storage space is at a premium for both corn and beans?  (really good, if not record yields and lower markets)
  2. How low are both soy and corn markets?  (soybean prices are at a 10 year low, and corn prices are at a three-month low)
  3. What are the predictions for IL corn and soybean yields?  (Soy expected to produce 17% more than last year, leading the nation at 716 billion bushels, Corn would set a new record of 2.32 billion bushels the second largest crop in history)
  4. Why would new export policy and partners help the problem with corn and soybean stockpiles in Illinois?  (Answers will vary, but new export policy would allow commodity somewhere to be sold.)



Monarch Migration creating spectacular site in Illinois

  1. Explain CRP acres and what they have helped happen. (Conservation Reserve Program attracting pollinators)
  2. How have Illinois farmers assisted in increased number of monarchs?  (in the last two years, farmers have been improving pollinator habitats.)

BONUS #2--AUDIO Version

Listen to this audio podcast by the Illinois Corn Growers and discuss the following questions.

  1.  When does the Farm Bill Expire?  (September 30)
  2. There are two main sticking point between the US House of Representatives and US Senate Farm Bills.  What are these two areas that are been addressed in a joint conference committee? (Food Assistance -SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and Conservation Programs)
  3. Explain the concept of FMD that is also included in the Farm Bill and will expire on September 30. (Foreign Market Development, where US commodity groups work to maintain relationships with other countries to assist in selling their product abroad.)
  4. What percentage of Illinois Corn is exported as pure corn?  (almost 50%)
  5. What impact have you seen of current US Trade policies in your area?  (if you are in a rural area, you may notice long lines at elevators during harvest or even ground piles waiting to be stored, more urban areas would notice the drop in prices on the market.)

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