Stories about teachers
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program remains a trusted resource for children to learn about agriculture, and the program recently received funding to continue classroom lessons thanks to IAA Foundation grants to local county coalitions.
The story of dairy, foods and farmers has been told by the St. Louis District Dairy Council for the past nine decades.
A Heartland Community College class used a 75-acre farm as its textbook. Heartland’s introduction to regenerative agriculture class toured Epiphany Farms to see firsthand a working farm and event venue that focuses on sustainability and a farm-to-fork concept.
When Mike Grady officially left his office at Dixon High School for the last time on June 10, he traded his office view of the Rock River and Page Drive for a farm field and a tractor cab.
Students at Marquette Academy in Ottawa got an up-close look at a sheep shearing demonstration. Brought in by vocational agriculture teacher Teresa Dittmer, Sid Dezries, of Freeport, demonstrated how he shears sheep and talked about the many uses for the wool.
Fred Below’s interest in plants was sparked at a young age by his grandfather and his curiosity grew exponentially when he looked at the University of Illinois’ agronomy course offerings.
Faculty for Sycamore Community School District 427′s agriculture program were thanked during a recent School Board meeting for elevating the district’s program to a nationally recognized level.
On a rare cooler summer evening earlier this month, from my lawn chair on the concrete pad outside our barn, I watched my new 10-year-old friend do cartwheels, roundoffs and back handsprings. I asked her if she was going to be a cheerleader.
Surrounded by corn and soybean fields, this 50-acre plot of land complete with a school, dormitory, gymnasium, barn and other outbuildings seems a bit out of place.
A nine-acre patch of meadow off Dean Street near the headwaters of the Kishwaukee River, just south of downtown Woodstock, is the site of a new Forest Farm initiative by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
When Fulton High School students return to school, they’ll be greeted by a garden in bloom and full of fresh, organic and colorful fruits and vegetables.
August is the month when students, from kindergarten through college, typically head back to class. For Nick Harre, who combines teaching and learning as a visiting scholar with Purdue University, the classroom is virtual, year-round and on the farm.
The Central Burlington FFA Chapter was honored with several awards including a “Building Communities” National Chapter Award at the 94th annual Illinois FFA State Convention in Springfield.
When my long career in ag communications — specifically in farm broadcasting — comes to an end, I hope to be remembered as someone who helped bring talented young journalists into the fold.
A new agriculture program is in the works at Grace College. The college is planning a Center for Agriculture. The school is seeking a director and program coordinator for the center.