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Educators are invited to join us June 20-23 for the Educator Agventure Summer Agricultural Institute from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in Carlinville. Agriculture is Illinois’ number one industry and this event will provide education on the topic throughout the event.
While employing nearly 1.5 million people, agriculture generates more than $19 billion annually to Illinois’ economy. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore, firsthand, some of these many careers and aspects of this industry that is so prominent in the area. The workshop will help educators learn how agriculture can help address the standards.
During this institute, educators will try hands-on multidisciplinary activities, all correlated to the standards, and receive engaging classroom-ready resources. They will earn up to 30 professional development hours or two graduate credits.
Educators will build first-hand knowledge through traveling workshops. To learn about agricultural production, processing and milling, educators will tour a farm and two different companies showcasing the farm-to-table process. They will get a behind-the-scenes look at how it all happens and learn about the latest plant science research and try hands-on activities to share with students.
Participants will also tour a farm equipment manufacturer of over 400 implements, designed to assist farmers, contractors, large property owners, landscapers, and others to be more productive. Additionally, they will learn more about sales and distribution by seeing how a successful, local business serves Central Illinois customers.
This institute carries a cost that includes meals, hands-on activity supplies, and classroom resources. If taking for graduate credit, an additional fee will be applied and go to the University of St. Francis. Participants will be driving to area traveling workshop sites on their own or arranging to carpool with other educators. Sites will be within 35 miles of Carlinville. Space is limited.
Those wishing to participate, must register by Friday, May 27, online at go.illinois.edu/Agventure. For pricing information and any other questions, contact Agricultural Literacy Coordinator Connie Niemann by phone at 217-854-9604, or by email at email@example.com.