Warren Local High School agriscience teacher and FFA Advisor Blake Campbell attended Commodity Classic 2022 in New Orleans. Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. His participation was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ohio Soybean Council and GrowNextGen.

While there, Campbell participated in a Nourish the Future science workshop, sponsored by National Corn Growers Association and the United Soybean Board, and received supplies for science lessons in his classroom.

What was an a-ha moment from your time?
Listening to other teachers talk about the content they teach in their classrooms and the relation to agriculture that already exists. It was great to see and hear those connections and be able to make stronger connections of biology and environmental science in a regular science classroom to agriculture topics.

How will you use the materials with your students, and why is it important to expose them to these topics?
I am excited to teach my students the lessons I learned and expose them to new areas of agriculture that they may not have been aware of in the past.

How do you think the lessons and materials might help influence students’ career choices?
By teaching my students these skills, it will help them guide their future towards a career to feed the world. We need future leaders to feed the world and must teach them in high school and expose them to the most we can.

What would you like to say to the Ohio Soybean Council who made your participation possible?
Thank you for your continued support and supporting the future students who will make a difference in the world.