Farm. family. community.

Professional Development

Summer Agriculture Institute

Teachers, join us for our 19th Summer Ag Institute (SAI)! The 2018 theme is “Teaching Social Studies through Agriculture.” Participants can earn either 2 hours of graduate credit or 30 hours of professional development credit (PDCs).

2018 SAI class meeting dates will be Friday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m.-noon, and Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Educator workshops

Identify strategies and resources to use farming and food as vehicles to teach important concepts and skills while addressing learning standards. Examples of possible workshop topics include:

  • “Booked on Food & Farming” – Explore non-fiction, fiction, informational reading, and hands-on activities focused on themes like dairy, corn, Illinois, and soil.
  • “Thinking Critically about Food, Farming, and Sustainability” – Use food labels as a springboard to discuss food safety, the environment, crop production technology, and animal welfare.

Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your school or district. Find out more by emailing