Ohio schoolteachers gathered to learn about six new agricultural curriculums approved by the Ohio Board of Education to help teachers use agriculture in their classrooms. They left the sessions impressed with amount of science and match involved in farming. Many expect to use the materials in their classrooms. The plan is for the workshop to be a yearly event.
The teachers from across the state gathered for a two-day agricultural workshop at the Greene County Career Center and Conover Research Farm near Xenia last month.
The workshop, "Feeding the World: Science, Energy and Agriculture," was created by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Greene County Career Center to encourage middle and high school science teachers to include agricultural topics in their lesson plans.
Thirty participants explored the Conover Research Farm's demonstration plots, spoke with agricultural experts and learned lab skills to pass along to their students this new school year.
Six curriculums approved by the board of education were shared with the teachers. Subjects covered included global food security, biotechnology, soil and sustainability, water quality, biofuels and the value of corn production.
Industry experts from companies including The Andersons, Purina, Trupointe, LG Seeds and Cargill also met with the group to talk about the place of corn in the economy and how it affects businesses.
"I spoke with several teachers from the workshop and heard many say how surprised they were to learn exactly how much science and math are involved in farming. They were impressed!" says Paul Herringshaw, chairman of the OCMP.
Feeding the World: Science, Energy and Agriculture, will become a yearly workshop for Ohio's middle and high school teachers.