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First South Dakota Education & Agriculture Conference scheduled for June in Brookings

The first South Dakota Education & Agriculture Conference will take place June 8-9 at South Dakota State University's Raven Precision Agriculture Center in Brookings.

Children at right look through corral panels at a Holstein cow.
Area fourth-grade students come face to face with a cow during the annual Ag in the Classroom event at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell.
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BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota’s ag industry leaders and teachers will join forces this summer to develop new strategies for teaching students the importance of agriculture.

The first South Dakota Education & Agriculture Conference will take place June 8-9 at South Dakota State University's Raven Precision Agriculture Center in Brookings. The event — a collaboration of Ground Works/ South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and SDSU — aims to support classroom learning for grades 4-8 and middle school STEM instruction.

"The goal of this unique conference is to nurture a new coalition of South Dakota educators and agriculture leaders who commit to partnering to enhance learner outcomes in local schools while telling the relevant story of South Dakota agriculture,” said Rev. Tim Olsen, executive director, of Ground Works and South Dakota Ag in the Classroom.

The conference will feature interactive tours and demonstrations, keynote addresses from South Dakota leaders in education and agriculture, and a chance to connect and establish lasting relationships. Alumni from South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership classes will work with educators in their specific communities to have a direct impact on the students they teach.

SDSU is offering up to two graduate credits and/or up to two continuing education units at a reduced rate. Register at www.groundworks-midwest.com .

Related Topics: AGRICULTURESOUTH DAKOTAAGRICULTURE EDUCATION
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