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March 13 IAITC FarmWeek ArticleMonday, March 13, 2017
March 13, 2017
FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom. Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.
Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.
Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.
Canada ag attache: NAFTA should stay a tri-lateral deal
- Using context clues, what does tri-lateral mean? (three-way, equal deal .)
- What is NAFTA?Explain who is involved, and how long it has been around.(this 20+ year old deal is a trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada)
- Why is trade with Canada important? (It is the world’s largest trading relationship. $671 billion in trade annually with nearly $2 billion worth of good crossing the border daily)
- How does Canadian trade impact Illinois? ($3 billion worth of ag trade a year!)
- How do you feel about free trade agreements? (answers will vary)
- Why has the third trading partner been in the spotlight with President Trump and how might that impact trade? (Immigration and potentially building a wall )
- The US and Canada have the world longest undefended border. Why do you think this is important dealing with trade and what potential solutions would you suggest for the issue of re-negotiating NAFTA?(Answers will vary)
Diacamba label approval not a panacea
For background information on Dicamba consider this article.
- What is a panacea? (remedy for all ills; cure-all)
- What weeds will dicamba help prevent? (glyphosate-resistant horseweed (marestail), tall and ivy-leaf morning glory and common and giant ragweed)
- Waterhemp is not on the list.Waterhemp is currently resistant to glyphosate, and predictions are that is will eventually become resistant to dicamba.What does this mean for farmers? ( Answers will vary but could lead to a discussion on resistance to herbicide.)
- How will dicamba restrictions impact input costs to farmers? (Dicamba is not able to be mixed with other chemicals. This will require separate application. In addition to time and product cost, there will also be fuel costs to apply the herbicide. )
- Describe how a career in weed sciences might be an incredible opportunity in the near future.(answers will vary)
And one more! Page 8
Edison's message to Ford used to inspire young readers.
1. What was Suzanne Slade's occupation before beginning to write children's books? (Mechanical Engineer)
2. What three words did Thomas Edison convey to Henry Ford in an August 11, 1896 meeting? (Keep At It!)
3. How might Edison's words to Ford be important in today's STEM related classes? (Answers will vary)
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