Educators participate in summer agriculture institute

Educators participate in summer agriculture institute

Fifteen educators from Macoupin, Montgomery, Calhoun and Jersey counties participated in the first Summer Agricultural Institute 2, conducted by the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program July 23-24.

During the institute, educators toured several sites as they learned more about the agriculture industry. Traveling workshops included Baisch and Skinner, ADM Grain Company, Ronnoco Coffee, all in St. Louis; Helgen Farms and Worksaver, both in Litchfield; and Plainview Vineyard and Winery.

Educators were able to earn 15 continuing professional development units (CPDUs) for the course, which was designed for educators who had attended previous 4-5 day institutes.

The following educators attended the institute: Diane Fessler and Cathy Weinmann of Jerseyville East Elementary; Suzanne Grundy, Reonna Hand and Kayla Pennock of St. Louis School, Nokomis; Mary Hochmuth, Theresa Jarden and Michelle Nungesser, Staunton Elementary; Mickie Kroeschel, Medora Elementary; Patty Ringhausen and Brooke Seymour, Brighton North Elementary; Kevin Roberson, Illini Middle School, Jerseyville; Rita Robertson, Jersey and Greene county schools; Maureen Tepen, St. Mary School; and Julia Tyler, Edwardsville High School.

For more information about the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program and resources available, contact coordinator Connie Niemann at (217) 854-9604 or cniemann@illinois.edu, or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/macoupinaglit.

During the Summer Agriculture Institute 2, 15 educators learned more about the agriculture industry through traveling workshops, such as one at Plainview Vineyard and Winery. Pictured, left to right, are Al Becker of the vineyard, Suzanne Gundy, Jackie Becker of the vineyard, Michelle Nungesser, Brooke Seymour, Charlotte Schuricht of the Montgomery County Agricultural Literacy Program, Mickie Kroeschel, Patty Ringhausen, Cathy Weinmann, Diane Fessler, Theresa Jarden, Reonna Hand, Julia Tyler, Maureen Tepen, Mary Hochmuth, Rita Robertson, Kevin Robertson and Kayla Pennock. Not pictured are Mark Dugger of Macoupin County Farm Bureau and Connie Niemann of the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program.

During the Summer Agriculture Institute 2, 15 educators learned more about the agriculture industry through traveling workshops, such as one at Plainview Vineyard and Winery. Pictured, left to right, are Al Becker of the vineyard, Suzanne Gundy, Jackie Becker of the vineyard, Michelle Nungesser, Brooke Seymour, Charlotte Schuricht of the Montgomery County Agricultural Literacy Program, Mickie Kroeschel, Patty Ringhausen, Cathy Weinmann, Diane Fessler, Theresa Jarden, Reonna Hand, Julia Tyler, Maureen Tepen, Mary Hochmuth, Rita Robertson, Kevin Robertson and Kayla Pennock. Not pictured are Mark Dugger of Macoupin County Farm Bureau and Connie Niemann of the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program.

 

Tim Burenga, left, plant manager of Worksaver in Litchfield, explains how they manufacture more than 400 different implants at the facility, the types of jobs available, and the skills needed in the business to educators attending the Summer Agricultural Institute 2.

Tim Burenga, left, plant manager of Worksaver in Litchfield, explains how they manufacture more than 400 different implants at the facility, the types of jobs available, and the skills needed in the business to educators attending the Summer Agricultural Institute 2.