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Meet the GrowNextGen ambassadors

Jun 28, 2022
A special group of college students has been doing outreach for the Ohio Soybean Council and GrowNextGen this summer, traveling around the state to share STEM activities and increase public knowledge of modern agriculture. Here are the 2022 …
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Bringing lessons from the farm to kids

Jun 23, 2022
Ever wonder about the history of GrowNextGen? Learn all about it here!! Bringing agriculture to the classroom By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo article courtesy of Ohio Country Journal For generations, Ohio agriculture has recognized the valuable …
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Artificial intelligence in the future of American farming

Jun 20, 2022
article from Ohio Soybean Council, by Madi Layman Since the invention of computers, we’ve seen that they can be used to perform complex tasks. Some would say having an intelligence of their own — artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Scott Shearer from …
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21st century ChickQuest learning

Jun 7, 2022
Melanie Smith, Amy Chizmar, Ann Coleman, and Shellie Traut, 3rd grade teachers at Westwood Elementary in Elyria, implemented ChickQuest in a BIG way for their 84 students! “This year we had the amazing opportunity to be in a brand-new school …
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The end of the aquaculture project….

Jun 1, 2022
Todd Tayloe of Carroll High School had grand plans for his classroom aquaculture project. He’d raise fish and plants, letting the fish waste fertilize the plants in a sustainable cycle. However, he faced some challenges as things went along, as …
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ChickQuest, including some chick doctoring, too!

May 31, 2022
South Range Elementary teacher Tawny Tharp won grant materials to share ChickQuest with her third grade students. “I have been having a fun time with my students during the month of May while we waited for our incubated chicks to hatch! One of our …
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Biodiesel in Modern Agriculture class

May 26, 2022
Biofuels are gaining importance as fuel prices rise. Samantha Kline gave her 8th Grade Modern Agriculture courses, about 130 students, the opportunity to learn more about this energy source with the GrowNextGen biodiesel lesson. “My students …
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Making new friends through ChickQuest

May 23, 2022
Kim Bailey’s third graders at Fairbanks Elementary enjoyed the opportunity to hatch chicks. Thanks to the grant program, Bailey received a coupon for fertilized eggs from Meyer Hatchery and a set of classroom logbooks. Bailey shares: “We felt we had …
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Leawood’s life cycles

May 18, 2022
Students at Leawood Elementary School in Columbus are taking part in a building-wide Life Cycle Extravaganza. “Each grade level takes a life cycle to study for the month of May. It is turning out great, but the Leawood Hatchery is the most exciting …
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Andy Stickel welcomes students to his family farm

May 17, 2022
Andy Stickel farms with his family, his parents, and his brother’s family in Wood County, Ohio. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and tomatoes, as well as raising cattle on their 1500 acre property. Stickel welcomed students from Ohio and many other …
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Getting the job done at 10 mph

May 13, 2022
Pat Knouff took students on a virtual tour of his western Ohio farm, where he goes soybeans, corn, and a little wheat. Knouff is one of the 25,000 soybean farmers in Ohio who help support the GrowNextGen program through their check-off dollars. …
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It’s more fun in a flock!

May 9, 2022
GrowNextGen gave a great group the chance to hang out together in a recent teacher event! GNG teacher leaders gathered with other Educationprojects.org teacher leaders at the Ohio Poultry Association building for a poultry-focused evening. The …