Labor Day and Agriculture

Take a look at Labor Day and Agriculture!

First Labor Day History

https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

Labor Day and the School Schedule

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/debunking-myth-summer-vacation/

Haymarket Riot

http://www.history.com/topics/haymarket-riot

McCormick Reaper Works

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?dsNav=N:4294963828-4294955414&dsRecordDetails=R:IM8798

 Pullman strike

https://www.britannica.com/event/Pullman-Strike

 Explore Ag Careers

http://www.mycaert.com/career-profiles/

Entry Level Salary for Agriculture Graduates

https://cafnr.missouri.edu/career-services/salary-results2015.pdf

Ag Careers Ag Mag

http://agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/AgMags/Careers%20Ag%20Mag%20for%20Smartboard_LINKS.pdf

History of Case IH

http://www.caseih.com/emea/en-za/about-case-ih/history

CNH Autonomous Tractor Concept

https://youtu.be/ALmqer120qM

Member Discounts from Illinois Farm Bureau and Case IH

http://www.ilfb.org/get-involved/membership-benefits/farm-benefits/caseih.aspx

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Hey, Louisiana needs some Hay!

A look at Louisiana Agriculture as a result of the August 2016 Flooding.

Hey, Louisiana needs some HAY August 26, 2016

 Louisiana Agriculture in the Classroom

http://www.aitcla.org/

Louisiana Ag Facts

http://agclassroom.org/teacher/stats/louisiana.pdf

Louisiana Parishes

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/us/louisiana-flooding/index.html

https://www.reference.com/geography/louisiana-parishes-counties-7ebc36a28cd94b85

Straw versus Hay

http://www.usaforage.org/products/straw-vs-hay/

Louisiana Hay

http://voiceoflouisianaagriculture.org/news/2016/8/17/need-hay-have-hay-haul-hay

Louisiana Agriculture in the Classroom

http://www.aitcla.org/

Louisiana Ag Facts

http://agclassroom.org/teacher/stats/louisiana.pdf

Louisiana Parishes

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/us/louisiana-flooding/index.html

https://www.reference.com/geography/louisiana-parishes-counties-7ebc36a28cd94b85

Flood Damage

http://www.agweb.com/article/flooding-damages-crops-in-louisiana-naa-debra-beachy/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/it-turns-your-heart-upside-down-flooding-crisis-louisiana-far-n632921

Louisiana Rice

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2016/08/18/first-estimates-acadiana-ag-damage-trickle-rice-takes-hit/88946228/

http://louisianacrops.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/LA-Rice-Notes-9T.pdf

Horses and Flooding

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/214305/louisiana-floods-impact-horsemen

Back to School with Agriculture

How Pencils are Made

  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Pencil.html

 Pork By-products

   http://www.ncagr.gov/agscool/commodities/porkid.htm

Wood for Kleenex products

   https://www.kleenex.com/en-us/faq

  Beef By-products

   http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/outreach-extension/uploaded_files/4-h-files/files/beef-handouts/beef%20byproducts.pdf

Soybean By-products

  http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/soybean/uses_soyproducts.html

Paper usage

  http://sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-4-july-august/green-life/how-much-paper-does-one-tree-produce

  http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/morning_roundup/2014/05/pulp-fiction-how-many-trees-does-it-take-to-make.html

ACCO  Paper

  http://www.accobrands.com/us/us/2403/contact-us

Shea Tree

 http://naturalhomes.org/naturalliving/shea-butter.htm

Cotton and Currency facts

https://www.cotton.org/pubs/cottoncounts/cotton-currency.cfm

http://cotton.tamu.edu/funfacts.html

http://www.bep.gov/hmimpaperandink.html

And of course check out our Illinois Ag Mag and Terra Nova readers as you head back to school!

http://agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/TeacherResources.shtml

 

                As Illinois students head back to school, it might be a perfect time to thank U.S. farmers!  Farmers provide more than just the soy biodiesel in the school bus and the ethanol blend in the parent drop off line.  Illinois wheat is used for chocolate chip cookies; Illinois specialty growers provide apples, and Prairie Farms Dairy and Illinois dairy farmers, provide thousands of ½ pint milk cartons filled with milk!  But what about the rest of the back to school supplies?  How are they linked to agriculture?

                California cedar trees are most commonly used in pencils due to the non-warping features, and a classroom of 32 students, each carrying 5 new 100 page notebooks use the wood from roughly one tree.  The Mead Company (makers of many of those notebooks and the infamous Trapper Keeper) is a part of ACCO (formerly the American Clipper Company, a paperclip company) based in Lake Zurich, Illinois.  So even if the trees to make the paper come from the great north woods, an Illinois company still has a hand in providing paper products!

                Spruce, Fir, Aspen and Maple trees are typically harvested for use in facial tissues because of the thin wood fiber system that provide both softness and durability.

                Of course you can find soybean oil in some crayons, but you’ll also find hair from cattle in paintbrushes, and more soy by-products in the cleaning materials to help clean up the art room!

                Teachers will find lanolin from sheep in the lotion they use after grading all the papers and fatty acids from beef cattle are also used in cleaners and sanitizers!

                Corn starch is used in the formation of plastic items to help coat molds to help in the efficiency of plastic production.

                You will find beef by-products in the new bottles of glue, as well as the erasers from those brand new pencils!

                And those PE uniforms and back to school clothes? Those are made from cotton of course.  1 bale of cotton makes 1,217 T-shirts, 215 pairs of jeans and 4,321 socks.  The extra sock is the one that gets lost in the laundry anyway!

                And those school fees and school lunches can be paid for in cold hard cash.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing that cash is printed on 75% cotton and 25% linen fiber.

                So, as back to school time starts, slow-down in school zones, thank a hardworking teacher and remember to thank a farmer!

 

Kevin Daugherty

Education Director

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom

 

As the Education Director for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC), Kevin leads state-wide efforts to educate Illinois students about agriculture.  For more information on how your school can incorporate agriculture into classrooms, visit www.agintheclassroom.org

 IAITC is a partnership which relies on contributions from those who care about the future of agriculture.  For more information about current partners, or to learn how you can give, got to www.iaafoundation.org

Agriculture and the Olympics

As we celebrate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio….Just what does Agriculture have to do with the Olympics?   Watch our  video at:

For more information on the topics related to this video check the following:

Getting Horses to the Olympics

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/when-horses-fly-getting-horse-rio-olympics

 Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice (also known in the barn as “Happy”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny3KmWCP86U&feature=youtu.be

http://www.aikenstandard.com/20160809/160809488/dutton-and-mighty-nicex2019s-olympic-success-makes-aiken-proud

Olympic Equestrian Events

http://horses.about.com/od/aboutequestrianolympics/ss/olympic-equestrian-historical-photos.htm

http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/sports/equestrian.htm

Feeding Olympic Athletes

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/115374/rio-olympics-2016-athlete-diet

Don’t forget our Horse and Nutrition Ag  Mags….on line at:

http://agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/AgMags.shtml