The 2022 Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) theme was “Pollinators, Pests and Protein: Insects in Agriculture” and was held June 8-10 and June 13-15.
Sponsored by DeKalb County Farm Bureau, this six-day institute for educators encompassed tours, speakers, presentations and hands-on activities. At each tour presenters talked about their general operation, giving teachers insight into the agriculture industry. Tour hosts also discussed how they manage insects and the role that they play.
In workshop sessions at Farm Bureau, teachers also learned about agricultural classroom resources provided by Farm Bureau.
Teachers participating in SAI could earn either three hours of graduate credit from the University of St. Francis or 45 professional development credits from the DeKalb Regional Office of Education.
“This was an amazing experience to become more familiar with the diversity of farming resources available in our community from which staff and students can learn. It’s so important to learn about something that is a huge part of this county’s history and future.” -Kelsey Gilmore, South Prairie Elementary, Sycamore
“I have more knowledge of careers in STEM and government that are connected to agriculture, without necessarily being directly on the farmland itself.” -Lily Smith-Riel, Hiawatha Elementary, Kirkland
“It [SAI] was extremely beneficial to me and will give me more tools in my toolbox from this experience that I can sprinkle throughout my lessons.” -Christopher Gomes, Somonauk Middle School
A Special Thank You To All Who Helped Make SAI Possible: