20 Years of SAI

Summer Ag Institute over the years: 1999-2019

By the numbers…

20    Summer Ag Institutes conducted (1 cancelled)

391  Teachers participated (240 unduplicated)

39    Percentage of teachers who have repeated the course

91    Farms and ag-related businesses toured

118  Speakers and panelists

56   Total schools represented (35 in-county, 21 out-of-county)

19   Average class size


Every year SAI teachers are are asked to reflect on their experience by keeping a daily journal. The following are quotes from teachers’ journals.

“The curriculum materials provided were wonderful!” 2000 SAI participant

“The most valuable thing I learned in the institute was to appreciate farmers for what they do. They are extremely knowledgeable of their farms and the farming business, and what they are doing is keeping the world fed.” 2011 SAI participant

“I learned a lot from this field trip regarding soil and natural ways you can prevent eroding.” 2013 SAI participant

“As a teacher, I’ve always know the role I play in the students’ future—now I realize that teachers AND agriculture are responsible for the future of our world.” 2013 SAI participant