The Science in the South Teacher Conference was held on January 20th, 2017 at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The teacher conference had around one hundred and eighty-eight teachers in attendance.
Franklin, Saline, Gallatin and Williamson County Ag in the Classroom Coordinators were in attendance. They provided four sessions of hands-on agricultural lessons and activities to 28 teachers. The sessions were “Taking Flight” and “First Peas to Table”. Teachers learned how aviation is an important part of farming and were able to try out Bernoulli’s Bag and how air resistance plays a role in flying by making a candy parachute.
The First Peas to Table session gave teachers ideas and activities for indoor and outdoor gardening. The teachers talked about school gardens, different ideas and techniques, The “First Peas to Table” contest, and grant opportunities for the teachers, schools and classrooms.
Frankfort Intermediate students get to invite a celebrity speaker to their classroom when they are student of the week. Thanks to student of the week, Anna Lamczyk, Franklin County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Melissa Lamczyk, was able to speak to Mrs. Karnes 3rd grade classroom on Friday February 6th.
Mrs. Lamczyk had been presenting the “Pigs and Pork” theme to classrooms for the month of February and had the opportunity to share this with Anna and her classroom. Mrs. Jennifer Newbury, U of I Extension Work Program Participant SNAP-Ed, volunteered to let Mrs. Lamczyk borrow a couple of their baby pigs from their family farm.
Anna was very good at keeping the secret of baby pigs visiting the classroom. The students were very excited when Mrs. Lamczyk told them what was in the large carrier she was pulling. The students watched the “Amazing Pig” video and then gathered in a circle on the carpet as the pigs were brought out one at a time for observation and petting.
Mrs. Lamczyk asked students what they could tell her about the pigs or what they had questions about from their observations. The first thing noticed was the notches on the baby pig’s ears, which are for identification. Students did notice the difference in color and size between the female and male pig.
We discussed the different breeds and the size of a litter of pigs makes a difference in their size and coloring. Mrs. Lamczyk used gloves to handle the pigs and a towel to swaddle the piglets for comfort. Once swaddled the piglets were very comfortable and took a little nap while being petted and observed.
Students also learned about by-products from pork and received a bag with sugarless gum, bubble gum, an AITC calendar, pork puzzler booklet, Pork Ag Mag, and a craft activity. A huge “Thank you” goes out to Anna and Mrs. Karnes, for asking Mrs. Lamczyk and the piglets to visit their classroom.
The Foundation Scholarship and the Young Leaders Scholarship are available to anyone attending a post secondary school to study in an agriculture related field. All applicants must be a resident of Illinois and must be a Franklin County Farm Bureau Member or dependent in good standing.
The Foundation and the Young Leaders will both award scholarships based on: Academic performance and honors, rank in class, ACT/SAT score, community involvement, demonstrating an interest in agriculture and/or agribusiness, character and personality, maturity, intellectual interest, moral character and demonstration of leadership skills.
Applications must be returned to the Franklin County Farm Bureau no later than April 7, 2017 to be eligible for consideration for the 2017 scholarships.
Applications are available now and must be picked up the at the Franklin County Farm Bureau Building at 1210 Highway 14 West in Benton or call the office at (618) 435-3616 if you have any questions.
On March 7th the Franklin County Farm Bureau will be hosting an informational meeting on the upcoming Sales Tax Increase on the April 2017 Ballot. This meeting will take place at the Benton Civic Center at 6 p.m.
This meeting is open to the public to hear from the Franklin County Board and also to ask questions. Our goal is to inform the public on the Sales Tax Increase prior to voting.
Franklin County Young Leaders Pork Loin Sale
JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER DINNER
FRANKLIN COUNTY FARM BUREAU YOUNG LEADERS
ARE TAKING ORDERS FOR SMOKED PORK LOIN. READY FOR PICK-UP ON APRIL 12th & 13th – CAN SPECIFY 11 A.M. OR 4 P.M.
½ LOIN – $30 * FULL LOIN – $45
SEE A FCFB YOUNG LEADER OR CALL (618) 435-3616(ALL PROFIT WILL BE USED FOR COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS)
Adam Nielsen, Director of National Legislation & Policy Development spoke to over 50 attendees on January 24 at the Franklin County Farm Bureau Building. The meeting was to get information from everyone on what their ideas for the next Farm Bill should consist of. There was good discussion and several counties were represented at this meeting.
Dale Durchholz, Senior Market Analyst for AgriVisor spoke about the markets and what we should expect in 2018. We had 42 in attendance for this breakfast meeting.
SAVE THE DATE FARMERS MEMORIAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR DRIVE
Join the Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders and the Franklin County Farm Bureau on May 13, 2017 for their 6th Annual Antique Tractor Drive.
Once again we will help to lead the Rend Lake Water Festival Parade which begins at 10:02 a.m.
This route will then take them north on Route 37 and will end up at the Barren Township Building on Rt. 154 for a fish dinner. We will then proceed across the Rend Lake Dam and end up at the Rend Lake Plaza. If you are out and see them traveling please be courteous and enjoy the machinery.
If you would like to drive your antique tractor in the tractor drive and the parade please contact the Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616. The first 15 paid entries will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Cost to be in the parade is $20.
We are hoping to have a large crowd so please come out and enjoy the beautiful day on Saturday.