Wisconsin teachers of all subjects and grade levels, as well as Ag in the Classroom volunteers, are encouraged to register now for summer Ag in the Classroom trainings. Attendees will learn to incorporate agricultural concepts into their curricula, network with fellow educators, and obtain free resources for students and classrooms.
One training option is a bus tour of agricultural stops July 15-16 in Taylor County. The cost is $75 per person, and opportunities for credit will be offered.
The stops include: Crass Sawmill Inc., Medford High School Agriculture Department and barn, Hemlock Hills Trophy Ranch LLC, Stone Acres Farm, Heil Ginseng Inc., Riesterer and Schnell John Deere dealership, Peissig’s JTP Robotic Dairy, and Meyer Manufacturing Corp.
Graduate credits are available through Concordia University. The syllabus and other information can be found online. The registration deadline is June 14, and the tour is limited to 48 participants.
There will also be two one-day training sessions:
July 9, West Madison Research Station, Madison. The training will begin at the research station with presentations from the Wisconsin Beef Council, Wisconsin Pork Association, Discover Mediaworks and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom’s Book of the Year will be selected during this event. In the afternoon, attendees will travel to the O.J. Noer facility and participate in a hands-on activity. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline is June 30.
July 31, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay. This training will feature presentations by the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Brown County Dairy Promotions. A tour of the Neville Public Museum and its resources will be part of the afternoon program. There will also be an overview of the resources available through Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom, National Ag in the Classroom and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The hours are 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline is July 15.
For more information on any of these training opportunities, contact the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom coordinator at 608-828-5644 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for any of these events, visit wisagclassroom.org.
Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students from kindergarten through 12th grade with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on the nation’s largest industry: agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from ag organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role agriculture plays in the economy and society, so they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.