Oklahoma Teachers Go On the Road with Ag in the ClassroomMon, 13 Jun 2016 16:53:18 CDT
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom will be traveling to eastern Oklahoma this week for its annual "On the Road with AITC" summer road trip. Several great stops are lined up for the tour as educators learn the importance of integrating agriculture into their existing curriculum.
On Tuesday, the tour will visit Dismukes’ Cattle Ranch in Checotah where educators will learn about registered Angus and Charolais cattle, beef genetics and the importance of beef in a healthy diet. The group will then travel to Park Hill to Greenleaf Nursery where they will tour the greenhouses and learn about plant breeding and grafting. The next stop will be Mt. View Meats at Stilwell where educators will learn about sausage making while touring the plant. Spring Valley Dairy will be the next stop, and teachers will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the milking process while learning about cattle feed rations.
The tour will end the day at Poteau where they will visit Maple Creek Berry Farm and pick fresh blueberries as they learn about specialty crops in Oklahoma. Then Green Country Cowboy Church will be hosting the group for a good “old fashioned” cowboy dinner and harvest reenactment. And that's only the first day of the three day tour!
Wednesday, June 15, the educators will tour Hal’s Beef Jerky at Poteau; learn about beef cattle breeding and sod production at Don Sebo’s Cattle Ranch and Sod Farm at Keota; tour Spiro Mounds Museum at Spiro Mounds while learning about our state history and learn more about specialty crops at Wild Things Farm at Pocola.
Thursday, June 16, the adventure will continue with stops at Cal2Homa Christmas Tree Farm in Gore; AgriTech, Inc at Webbers Falls where they will learn about aerial spraying and the Oklahoma Mesonet; Sloan Farms at Webbers Falls where they will learn about GPS systems in agriculture, soybeans and corn; and the tour will conclude with a mock cattle sale at the Holdenville Sale Barn.
On the Road with AITC is made possible by sponsors who support the Ag in the Classroom program and believe in the importance of educating teachers about agriculture. They know these educators reach thousands of young students on a daily basis and they want to ensure the educators are prepared with factual information, as well as personal experiences. This tour is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Beef Council, a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Soybean Board, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Team, Midwest Dairy, DairyMAX and Southwest Dairy.
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