Local Educators Complete Summer Ag Institute

Tracy Livesay, Dietrick’s Alpaca Farm, discusses their farm and the fiber it produces with area teachers participating in the Summer Agriculture Institute program. Photo submitted

AMBOY — Fourteen local educators have completed a Summer Agricultural Institute, a weeklong course that is designed for preschool through high school educators who wish to expand their knowledge and curriculum to include topics related to agriculture.

The Lee, Bureau, and Whiteside County Farm Bureau joined together in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom to host this week long event where educators were able to visit a variety of farms and agribusinesses and listened to classroom presentations from area farmers and agricultural industry leaders to learn more about the diversity of agriculture and ways to incorporate agriculture into their curriculums.   Topics ranged from grain, livestock, pollinators, specialty crops, horticulture, aquaponics, and much more.

The Lee County Ag in the Classroom program offers bushels of agriculture knowledge through fun, interesting subject-based lessons by providing free classroom resources for the schools in Lee County.  To learn more about Ag in the Classroom and its resources, contact coordinator Katie Pratt, [email protected] or visit agintheclassroom.com.

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