Category Archives: Education

#TBT AG BOOK REVIEW FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK!

May 2 through 8 marks Children’s Book Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week . Why not celebrate both with a touch of Agriculture? Students across Illinois continue to face an emphasis on reading and literature, so linking agriculture would be a natural fit. Several new books are featured on the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom website […]

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #10: WHAT DOES AN AG TEACHER DO?

[Originally published: May 26, 2016] Doug Anderson has been an agriculture teacher for more than 30 years and has spent the majority of those years at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School (PBL) in Paxton, Illinois. He has played an instrumental role in … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #9: WHAT DOES AN AGRIBUSINESS CONTROLLER DO?

[Originally published: July 7, 2016] Mary Mackinson Faber is the 5th generation involved in her family’s farm near Pontiac, Illinois. She grew up on her family’s grain and dairy operations located about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Currently, she is … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #8: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A FARMER – JANUARY

How fitting! As we head into the new year, make sure you read this series to see what’s in store for farmers and their families! [Originally published: January 19, 2016] As a farmer’s wife I can’t tell you how many … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #7: A LETTER TO MY FUTURE DAUGHTER

[Originally published: April 11, 2016] Have you ever thought about what you would tell your daughter if you haven’t had the chance to meet her yet?  You expect that she will be great and take after you, but have you … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #6: 5 THINGS ABOUT THIS PHOTO-HUGE PILES OF CORN

[Originally published: January 15, 2016] We’ve got some great photos in the IL Corn library – photos that speak volumes about what we do and who we are as an organization as well as who the farmers are that we … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #5: THE HEAVY COST OF FARM MACHINERY

[Originally published March 14, 2016] Here in Illinois, we are all fairly familiar with the big farm machinery in the fields during spring and fall, but have you ever wondered what kind of financial investment a farmer undertakes? It’s mid-March, … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #4: 6 THINGS ABOUT FARMING I DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL

[Originally published: February 23, 2016] We all love our teachers, but looking back there are things we wish somebody had told us. Here are six things about agriculture that I wish were taught in school. Food is not easy to … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #3: THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FARMERS

[Originally published: May 12, 2016] When you think of a farmer, what do you think of? Do you think of an intelligent man who knows various farming techniques or do you think of a hillbilly wearing bib overalls with a … Continue reading

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AG CAREER PROFILES: WHAT DOES A GOVERNMENT AGENCY EXEC DO?

Michael Alston grew up in Michigan and played football at Michigan State University, but never considered that his career would lead him to agriculture.  Alston is currently the Associate Administrator of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Deputy Manager of … Continue reading

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