Illinois Soybean Association farmer directors are joining forces with Illinois FFA chapters to distribute to teachers information about the free resources available to educate Illinois students about agriculture and the impact of food production on their lives.
National FFA week is Feb. 15-22, and farmers and FFA chapters will visit many area schools, targeting grades 3-8, to provide the materials.
"Agriculture touches all of our lives, whether we live in a rural area or in the heart of the city," says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and ISA chairman. "ISA's 'Pod to Plate' learning resources teach students about where they get their food."
Pod to Plate resources include a video and lesson plans covering the path of a soybean from field to dinner plate. Teachers also can access interactive games, teacher's guides, recipes, and stories and photos from Illinois soybean farmers via SoyCam. Teachers have the opportunity to order additional materials from the online catalog, such as books, magazines and soybean crayons. Lesson plans available help fulfill Common Core standards.
Teachers who do not receive a visit from a local farmer or FFA chapter in mid-February are encouraged to visit www.podtoplate.org for access to all of the free resources. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-663-7692.
The Illinois Soybean Association represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.