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Ag education for the classroom

“Agriculture in Wisconsin … for Teachers” will be offered for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the Wisconsin State Fair. The one-day class aims at showing people innovative ways of teaching about agriculture and incorporating agriculture into other disciplines, such as social studies or environmental education.

The class is aimed at teachers in the broad sense – in addition to licensed teachers, librarians, 4-H leaders and parents will all benefit from the course, according to class instructor Gary Lake, director of agriscience education outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The class is designed for those who want to know more about Wisconsin agriculture (such as fourth-grade teachers who are mandated to teach about Wisconsin), as well as those who already know a lot about Wisconsin agriculture, but want new approaches to teaching and ready-to-use materials.

One graduate credit is available for the class. The cost is $215. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is offering a number of full scholarships through their Agriculture in the Classroom program; the application deadline is July 16.

The day will be packed with group sessions and mini field trips to exhibits at the fair. There will be take-home work customized to meet the needs of each participant.

For additional information and registration, please visit the link on this page, or call Amanda Levzow at (608) 264-0294.