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Salina conference to spotlight ag teaching

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is hosting its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers.

“Creating the Best Day Ever” will be June 2 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The conference is open to Kansas teachers, volunteers, out-of-school program coordinators and anyone interested in agriculture education.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Monte Selby, a Kansas native, passionate educator, and musician. Selby will use humor, interaction, a bit of research and his critically-acclaimed original music to explore the importance of creating a vision for a “Best Day Ever.”

The Peterson Farm Brothers, celebrities from Assaria whose parodies are internet sensations, will keynote the lunch session. They will share their passion for agriculture, the importance of educating youth about where their food comes from, and perform some of their most popular songs.

Besides the keynote presentations, the conference will feature hands-on workshops presented by teachers from across the state who have successfully made agriculture a core part of their curriculum. Topics will range from plant science to animal science and will give attendees the opportunity to build their confidence in incorporating agriculture into their curriculum.

“The caliber of teachers we have supporting Kansas agriculture is second to none,” said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director. “We are fortunate to have them present these interactive workshops at our conference and look forward to the inspiration they’ll provide attendees.”

Registration cost is $65 until April 18, then $75 until registration closes on May 19. The cost includes lunch, all snacks and resources.

Scholarships to cover registration are available through a memorial contribution in honor of longtime KFAC supporter Harold Mertz of Zeandale. Applications can be found on the KFAC website and are due April 15.

Teachers will receive professional development credit and have the option to purchase continuing education credits through Kansas State University for an additional $25.

The conference is sponsored by Chuck Henry Sales of Salina, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Pork Association and Kansas Dairy Commission, among others.

Last modified April 14, 2016

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