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2018 Summer Ag Institute: Teaching Social Studies through Agriculture
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Class sessions will meet at DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178. Transportation will be provided for all tours.
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Approximate timeframesFri., 6-8-18 (3 hrs.)
Mon., 6-11-18 (6.75 hrs.)
Tues., 6-12-18 (6.75 hrs.)
Wed., 6-13-18 (6.75 hrs.)
Thurs., 6-14-18 (6.75 hrs.)
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8:15 a.m.Donuts, coffee, juiceMuffins, coffee, juiceBagels, coffee, juiceLoad bus for prompt departureDonuts, coffee, juice
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8:30 -
9:00 a.m.
8:30-9:35 a.m.
SAI Overview (What is the SAI and how does it work?) Pre-SAI survey, icebreaker, syllabus, and schedule
8:30-9:30 a.m.
DCFB Ag Literacy (What is ag literacy and how do we foster it?)
9:30-10:00 a.m.
Activity: The Shape of Illinois (How does topography shape ag?)
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Illinois AITC Workshop: Born, Built, Grown - Illinois Agriculture - Brad Banning, IAITC Education Manager
(What role does IAITC play in ag literacy and what resources do they provide?)
<8:30 depart DCFB>
9:10-10:30 a.m.
Tour: Lee/DeKalb Wind Energy Center, Shabbona (How do wind turbines work? How are they sited, constructed, maintained?)
[On the bus all day: What shaped the land in DeKalb County? What is a watershed? Mike Konen, NIU; Dean Johnson, SWCD]
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Food, Farming, and Sustainability Workshop
(What do food labels really mean? How do consumer choices impact farm practices and sustainability?)
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9:00 -
9:30 a.m.
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9:30 -
10:00 a.m.
<10 min. break>
9:45-11:30 a.m.
Workshop: Illinois Social Science Standards: Introducing the Essential Parts and a Useful Unit Creation Tool - Melissa Irick & Judy Stafstrom, DeKalb ROE
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10:00 -
10:30 a.m.
<10 min. break>

10:10-11:30 a.m.
Illinois Runs on Homegrown Corn (How does corn influence your life and your classroom?) Tricia Braid, IL Corn Growers
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10:30 -
11:00 a.m.
<30 min. travel>
11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Farm Tour: Jonamac Orchard and Cider House, Malta (How are apples produced? What about pollinators? How do you promote and sustain an agritourism attraction?)
<10-min. break>
10:40-11:40 a.m.
Current Issues in Ag Panel
~Mark Tuttle, farmer, trucking, DCFB President ~Eric Lawler, farm mgr., Babson Farms ~Lynn Byington, farmer, sales mgr., Crop Risk Services
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11:00 -
11:30 a.m.
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11:30 a.m. - Noon11:30 a.m.-noon DeK. Area Ag History Assoc. (How do local innovations impact ag worldwide?)11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Resource exploration, project planning
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Noon -
12:30 p.m.
12:00-12:40 p.m.
Catered lunch sponsored by DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen's Association
<20 min. travel>
12:00-12:40 p.m.
Lunch - bring your own
Lunch @ Jonamac Orchard - bring your own11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Catered lunch sponsored by DeKalb Area Pork Producers
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12:30 -
1:00 p.m.
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1:00 -
1:30 p.m.
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Farm Tour: R & J Nelson Farms and Miller Homestead, Genoa
(What are conservation practices and how are they used in crop production? Also discussion of Miller-Ellwood history.)
[On the bus: Bus BINGO - What do you see in the countryside?]
<30 min. travel>
12:40-1:00 p.m. Farm Magazine Speed Dating (Did you know...?)Jonamac Orchard, cont.

<30 min. travel>
12:20-2:20 p.m.
Workshop: Turning your Ag Institute Experiences into a Social Studies Unit - Melissa Irick & Judy Stafstrom, DeKalb ROE
<10-min. break>
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1:30 -
2 p.m.
<15 min. travel>
1:15-2:30 p.m. Farm Tour: Old Elm Farms, Syc. (How are pigs raised & cared for? Can livestock farms be good neighbors?)
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2:00 -
2:30 p.m.
2:00-3:50 p.m.
Farm Tour: Jones Family Farm, Kirkland (How and why are beef cattle raised in a feedlot? What equipment and structures are required to produce and store grain? How can drones be used on the farm? Also discussion of land use & zoning for wind/solar energy, etc.)
<4:15 Return to DCFB>
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2:30 -
3:00 p.m.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Farm Tour: Engel Farms, Hampshire
(How do windmills work? When and why were they used? Explore windmill restoration.)

<4:15 Return to DCFB>
2:30-3:00 p.m.
Project idea sharing
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3:00 -
3:30 p.m.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Agribusiness Tour: DeKalb Implement, Sycamore
(What do implement dealers do for farmers? Also GPS tech., 100-yr. anniv. of JD green tractors)
<4:15 Return to DCFB>
3:00-4:00 p.m.
SAI Reflection (What did we do? What did we learn? How is it relevant to my teaching?)
4:00-4:15
Post SAI survey & evaluation
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3:30 -
4:00 p.m.
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4:00 -
4:15 p.m.
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Sponsored by: DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb Regional Office of Education, and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
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