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April 10 IAITC FarmWeekMonday, April 10, 2017
April 10, 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.
Clark family capitalizes on a chance to enter hog business
- What is the current count of hogs in Illinois? (5.25 million)
- The Clark family are 3rd generation farmers from Vermilion County. Describe the location of Vermilion county. (East - Central Illinois. East of Champaign County on the Indiana border)
- The Clark’s are looking to add revenue stream to their grain operation as well as benefit for the soil. How does manure build the soil?(Answers will vary, but this is an opportunity to discuss the Nutrient Loss Reduction strategy, as well as the nutrient and nitrogen cycle. The various organic materials found in swine manure helps build and maintain soil structure, which aids in water holding capacity, improves soil aeration and reduces soil erosion. Clark’s farms contain heavy clay soils with little organic matter. More information can be found in the IL AITC Pork Ag Mag http://agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/AgMags/Pork%20Ag%20Mag%20for%20SmartBoard%20New.pdf )
- The Clark’s held an open house to show the public their new barns. Why was this open house important? (To show the general public about modern pork production and address confusion and misconceptions about Illinois Livestock)
- As Illinois looks to expand the livestock sector of agriculture, what will be the best way to address misconceptions of the public related to livestock? (answers will vary)
- Bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly related to Illinois Livestock.What role do you feel the General Assembly should play in Illinois Livestock? See page 1 Farmers: Proposed rules duplicate existing state regulations. (answers will vary)
For more information consider reading these articles.
Thomas Titus is an Illinois Pork Farmer, and he served as a USFRA Face of Farming. Check out details and interviews related to Illinois Pork here. http://www.watchusgrow.org/team/thomas-and-breann-titus
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