June 26- June 30, 2022

Details coming soon!

Virtual Sessions for Educators and Everyone

This year’s program will again offer farm tours, presentations and hands-on experiences for educators.

Educator’s Ag Institute provides a unique learning experience for teachers, pre-service teachers or community educators and others who work with students in PreK-12th grade. The Institute provides educational sessions that will take you to local farms for tours where will you learn valuable information from those involved in agriculture including farmers, university professors and agriculture leaders. The learning experience also includes hands-on classroom sessions. Sessions cover such topics as nutrition, current and future farming trends, forestry, sustainability, and the increasingly popular use of integrated pest management (IPM) in the farming industry.

Educator’s Ag Institute will provide you with:

  • An increased knowledge of agriculture
  • First-hand experiences with agriculture on field trips to local farms and agricultural industries
  • Lesson plan ideas and activities that are applicable to many subject areas you are teaching on a daily basis in your classroom
  • Resources and a network of people to assist you in bringing agriculture to your classroom
  • 20-25 Act 48 credits (will need a valid PA PPID)

Educator’s Ag Institute will prepare you to bring agriculture to life in your classroom and across your curriculum. It is a standards-based program that makes real connections. Teachers use the information they’ve received to integrate agriculture and information about the earth’s natural resources into their curriculum. Many educators form lasting bonds with other educators, which extends the idea sharing as they go forth to bring ag into their classrooms!

2021 Schedule Overview

Earn up to sixteen Act 48 hours for attending all sessions

Stay tuned for information about earning additional Act 48 hours

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that anyone who registers after June 7, 2021 will receive an Educator’s Resource Kit in the mail. However, you are still welcome to attend the virtual sessions.

Monday
June 28

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Welcome/Introduction
from Mr. Ebert

9:30–10:30 a.m.

PA Beef Council
Beef Farm Tour

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beef Basics 101

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

PA Dairy Farm Tour

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Engaging Middle School and High School Students in the Classroom about the Dairy Industry (secondary focus)

Tuesday
June 29
9:00–10:30 a.m.
90 minutes 

 

Pennsylvania Forests
and Forestry

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Flinchbaugh’s Orchard

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Discover Dairy (elementary focused)

   
Wednesday
June 30
9:00–10:30 a.m.
90 minutes 

 

Student Farm
at Penn State Tour and
Microgreens Kit Workshop
(elementary focus)

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
90 minutes 

 

Student Farm at Penn State Tour and Microgreens Kit Workshop (secondary focus)

1:00–2:30 p.m.
90 minutes 

 

Pasto Agricultural Museum Tour and Lessons (all grades)

   

Day 1

Monday, June 28

Welcome/Introduction from Mr. Ebert

9 – 9:15 a.m.

In this pre-recorded introduction, Rick Ebert, President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Chair of the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, will welcome attendees to the 2021 Educator’s Ag Institute.

Presenter: Richard “Rick” Ebert, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President & Chair of Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation


PA Beef Council Beef Farm Tour

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  | 1 Act 48 hour

The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC) is fully funded by the 18,000 beef, dairy and veal farmers within the Commonwealth. During the Beef Farm Tour, we look forward to sharing all you need to know on how beef is raised from pasture to fork. The tour will allow educators to explore the farm virtually and ask questions as it pertains to daily care, the beef lifecycle and more.

Presenter: TBD, Pennsylvania Beef Council


Beef Basics 101

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  | 1 Act 48 hour

This will be an all-encompassing dive into the beef community starting on the farm and ending as a safe, wholesome and delicious protein for families to enjoy. Numerous resources will be shared to bring beef to the classroom for various academic ages.

Presenter: Kaitlyn Swope, Director of Consumer Affairs, PA Beef Council, Nichole Hockenberry, Executive Director, PA Beef Council


PA Dairy Farm Tour

1 – 2 p.m.  | 1 Act 48 hour

Experience a Pennsylvania dairy farm with us as we embark on a virtual field trip with the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE). You’ll get to see barns, a parlor, and cows while learning how dairy farmers take care of their cows and produce milk.

Presenter: TBD, American Dairy Association North East (ADANE)


Engaging Middle School and High School Students in the Classroom about the Dairy Industry (secondary focus)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  | 1 Act 48 hour

Join Michelle Shearer from the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation as she shows middle school and high school educators ways to engage students in learning about the dairy industry. She will introduce teachers to the free online educational program, Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow (DLT). DLT consists of four courses about the dairy industry meant to prepare young people for future careers in the dairy industry. Michelle will highlight some of the resources available to registered educators which use technologies such as Kahoot, Quizizz and Quizlet to engage and motivate students to master key concepts of the dairy industry.

Presenter: Michelle Shearer, Curriculum Coordinator of Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow and the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation

Day 2

Tuesday, June 29

Day 3

Wednesday, June 30

Student Farm at Penn State Tour and Microgreens Kit Workshop (elementary focus) (90 minutes)

9 – 10:30 a.m.  | 1.5 Act 48 hours

This session is geared towards elementary students. Join the Student Farm for a virtual tour of our newly expanded four-acre facility! The Student Farm at Penn State is a sustainable vegetable farm that serves as a living laboratory for students to learn to plant, grow, and sell produce as a source of locally-grown food for the surrounding community. Students also design and build features on the farm, and engage the community through public events. Farm personnel are excited to show you the farm, provide tips on establishing a school garden, and share ideas for age-appropriate food systems engagement experiences.

The farm will also offer a hands-on workshop with microgreens kits as an educational tool that can translate well to virtual or in-person classroom environments. Seeds and soil will be provided in the Educator Resource Kit. We look forward to having you join us!

Presenters: Summer Interns, Penn State Student Farm


Student Farm at Penn State Tour and Microgreens Kit Workshop (secondary focus) (90 minutes)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  | 1.5 Act 48 hours

This session is geared towards secondary students. Join the Student Farm for a virtual tour of our newly expanded four-acre facility! The Student Farm at Penn State is a sustainable vegetable farm that serves as a living laboratory for students to learn to plant, grow, and sell produce as a source of locally-grown food for the surrounding community. Students also design and build features on the farm, and engage the community through public events. Farm personnel are excited to show you the farm, provide tips on establishing a school garden, and share ideas for age-appropriate food systems engagement experiences.

The farm will also offer a hands-on workshop with microgreens kits as an educational tool that can translate well to virtual or in-person classroom environments. Seeds and soil will be provided in the Educator Resource Kit. We look forward to having you join us!

Presenters: Summer Interns, Penn State Student Farm


Pasto Agricultural Museum Tour and Lessons (all grades) (90 minutes)

1 – 2:30 p.m.  | 1.5 Act 48 hours

Explore science and history with a visit to your local history museum! We will examine topics important to early agriculture and rural life with hands-on activities. We will discuss how we weave science and history into every field trip. You can use short video clips we share in your classroom, or recreate activities in person with your students: churn butter, walk rope, thresh wheat, and more to bring history alive and get your students thinking about the importance of agriculture, food, and fiber systems throughout time.

Presenters: Rita Graef, Curator and Museum Educator of PSU College of Agricultural Sciences

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