Summer is coming to an end and school is starting back up all across the Midwest. In preparation for the new school year, the Ag Leader training team hosted some of the leaders in agriculture education late last month.
Fifteen educators from across the country came to the Ag Leader Academy to learn more about precision agriculture during our Educator’s Conference. From universities to community colleges and a few high school agriculture programs, the fifteen attendees came from many different backgrounds to share their perspectives.
During the three-day conference, which was held in late July, educators participated in breakout sessions full of discussion, brainstorming and suggestions to improve their precision agriculture programs. Throughout the conference the educators were exposed to many different resources and instructional strategies. Items included hands-on activities working with GPS and machine guidance technologies, displays and CAN simulators, and examples of creating harvest training stands. Keynote speakers and recent graduates shared their experiences and knowledge with the educators in panel discussions. The last day of the conference focused on the SMS desktop software. Many found the training beneficial as they worked through data management and analysis tools, equipping them with information to better educate their students.
The conference was a huge success this year due to all of the great participants and we thank all of those educators who attended. We know that you are constantly looking for ways to improve your curriculum, as well as adapt to the precision agriculture industry. We hope that this conference provided you with the knowledge and networking opportunities to achieve your goals in the upcoming school year.