LCEO Goes Virtual for 2020/21

Linn County Education Outreach plans to goes virtual for the 2020/21 school year. While we are sad to not join you in the classroom, we are excited about the opportunities that technology can provide. Why Teach Agriculture? Agriculture provides local connections to math, science and social studies concepts. By offering agriculture in the classroom we can create real-world STEM opportunities. Did you know our National Agriculture Literacy Themes align with 90 Iowa Core science standards? National Agriculture Literacy Themes: 1. Agriculture & the Environment 2. Plants & Animals for Food, Fiber & Energy 3. Food, Health & Lifestyle 4. Culture, Society, Economy & Geography 5. Science, Tec

Growing Citrus in Florida

This summer we are hosting a Friday FarmChat® series in partnership with Scott, Buchanan and Delaware County Farm Bureau! We have a fun pre-recorded video for you brought to us by Noble Tangerines and Florida Ag in the Classroom! Find the video link here! I had the opportunity to interview Bill Roe, Vice President of WG Roe and Sons, about what it is like to grow citrus in Florida. Noble Tangerines is a world-wide citrus operation based in Winter Haven, Florida. Florida tangerines can even be found in local Linn County grocery stores! It was so fascinating to learn about the process of growing citrus. The lifecycle of a citrus tree begins in a greenhouse nursery. Trees are grown inside to pr

Farmer Grows Chickpeas & Flax in Linn County!

Jason Russell lives and farms near Prairieburg with his wife and three kids. Jason raises pigs, sheep, feeder calves, corn, soybeans and specialty crops. This summer we are highlighting the stories of agriculture through a program called FarmChat®. FarmChat® is a unique program that utilizes technology (Skype, Facebook, FaceTime and other software platforms) to bring the farm experience directly to families. Viewers can ask the farmers questions in real-time. Jason, Linn County Farm Bureau Board of Director, invited us to learn about how he grows chickpeas and flax in Linn County. Jason first planted chickpeas three years ago after visiting Australia. He learned that chickpeas can be grown u

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