BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — 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 schools, targeting grades 3 to 8, to provide the
“Agriculture touches all of our lives, whether we live in a
rural area or in the heart of the city,” said Bill Raben, soybean farmer from
Ridgway 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, 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 309-663-7692