Farming Then and Now
Virtual Event

We have made the necessary decision to move our June professional development courses to a virtual platform. The health and safety of our staff and workshop participants is our utmost priority, and current guidelines from the governor restrict gatherings of 10 or more people and recommend social distancing.

Although we will miss seeing you in person, we are excited about the learning experiences that a virtual course will bring! Each of the seven teacher workshops scheduled for June would have visited different farms and businesses and showcased various lessons and resources. Likewise, each online professional development course will look different too.

The learning objectives and topics included in the Farming Then & Now onsite workshop will remain in the virtual course. You will learn about farm buildings, tractors, and equipment that were cutting-edge farm technology in the early and mid-1900’s and engage in discussion about technology of today and tomorrow. You will also gather ideas and discover resources for integrating agriculture across the curriculum to make learning real and relevant for students.

The virtual experience will include 1 to 3 hours of live interaction through videoconference on June 9 or 10 with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom staff. Specifics details of the live session are still being finalized.

The rest of the course can be completed online and at our own pace before the course ends on July 9. The self-paced components will include reading, videos, discussion forums, and creating agriculture-based lessons for your students.

If you decide not to participate in the virtual learning experience, you need to withdraw from the course through the statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration System. Registrants will receive a full refund when withdrawals are requested up to 8 calendar days before the first day of class. Registrants will receive no refund of fees for withdraws requested 7 calendar days prior to, on, or after the first day of the class.

Thank you in advance for making the transition with us to an online learning experience, and do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

Fees:  The two-day in-person workshop is free to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches & more!  Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35 Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grandview University, and Morningside College for $130.

Register to attend:  Registration can be done online by creating an account in the Professional Learning Registration System. Once an account is created (which could take up to 24 hours), login and search for the course number 189655. Then follow the links to register for the course.

Farming Then & Now is hosted by North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom in collaboration with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.

Lessons Covered During Farming
Then and Now Sessions:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Lesson:
For a quick lesson plan overview, see below.
4th Grade Lesson:
For a quick lesson plan overview, see below.
6th-8th Grade Lesson:
For a quick lesson plan overview, see below.

Lessons Plan Overview:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade lesson plan overview
4th Grade lesson plan overview
6th – 8th Grade lesson plan overview