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Commodity Classic 2022: Blake Campbell

Mar 16, 2022
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 …
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Ready for ChickQuest!

Mar 2, 2022
Kindergarten teacher Megan Smith at Berne Union Elementary was one of the 50 ChickQuest grant winners, receiving a set of student logbooks and a coupon for eggs to hatch. She sent this message about her class: “Hello! We just received our eggs! I’ve …
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Aquaponics update #2

Mar 2, 2022
Todd Tayloe of Carroll High School is raising plants and trout in an indoor growing system. He reports on the project: The new seeds arrived! We did some more planting. The fish are doing well. We have not lost any in weeks and they seem to finally …
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Let’s test a potato chip!

Mar 1, 2022
Lisa Foulkes of West Fargo Community High School attended the Exploring Biotech and Biofuels workshop last summer in North Dakota. The workshop introduced teachers to the ways biotech skills are incorporated into agriculture through bioscience and …
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A Turkey’s Best Life Ever!

Feb 28, 2022
What’s the best environment to grow a turkey? Dr. Elise Gerken, veterinarian at Cooper Farms, and Drew Bowman of Bowman & Landes, shared about the way turkeys are raised at their facilities. Jenna Gregorich, Ohio Poultry Association Bird Health …
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Exploring Energy

Feb 15, 2022
19 Ohio STEM teachers met at the Summit County ESC building to learn more about energy and biofuels in a unique co-sponsored workshop. Presenters included Ohio Soybean Council’s GrowNextGen, Ohio Corn & Wheat’s Feed the World, and the Ohio Oil …
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Bioprospecting workshop inspires teacher leader

Feb 7, 2022
Bioinformatics and insects… James Gillahan, GrowNextGen teacher leader and science instructor at Woodridge High School, recently attended a bioprospecting workshop aimed at training teachers to use authentic science research in the classroom. The …
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Aquaponics update #1

Feb 3, 2022
We shared a while back about how two GrowNextGen teacher leaders were setting up aquaponics in their classroom. Fish eat soybean meal, and the Ohio Soybean Council generously provided funds for these endeavors. Carroll High School teacher Todd …
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Connecting with industry leaders

Feb 1, 2022
Connecting students to careers in one of the goals of GrowNextGen. At the recent Ag and Med Biotech Academy workshop, industry leaders shared about career opportunities and the need for people to fill job spots. Jane Fife of 3Bar Biologics shared …
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Ag & Med Biotech Academy workshop

Feb 1, 2022
Are you aware of the overlap between biotech in ag and medicine? 19 Ohio teachers recently attended the Ag & Med Biotech Academy and learned all about it! The day began with a tour of 3Bar Biologics, a start-up company that has developed a way …
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They’re alive! Microbe manufacturing

Jan 31, 2022
3Bar Biologics is a start-up company based in Columbus that has developed a way to deliver living microbes to improve yield and sustainability. Ag & Med Biotech Academy workshop participants toured the facility to learn about this process and …
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Soil compaction studies

Jan 28, 2022
GrowNextGen leader Kathy Daniels recently challenged her AP Environmental Science students to consider which would cause more soil compaction—treads or tires? This is part of our Engineering solutions in agriculture lesson. Engineering and …