Kemp completes training through scholarship

Lisa Kemp, Wallace ag teacher and FFA sponsor, recently completed a STEM based CASE (Curriculum for AgriScience Education) training in Lincoln on the principles of agricultural science-animal. 

Through a Nebraska FFA Foundation scholarship, funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and DuPont Pioneer, Kemp is supplementing this STEM based curriculum by using soybeans as a model, focus and method for learning. 

This fall, Kemp will be implementing this curriculum in her classroom by utilizing soybeans in various segments of the animal science systems.

“This is a good effort for industry and a commodity board to further agricultural education in our schools. The program shares the expertise of others to raise the level of agricultural education in our schools,” says Victor Bohuslavsky, executive director of the Nebraska Soybean Board.

Through this curriculum, Kemp will be teaching her students about the process, benefits and challenges related to the use of soybeans in agriculture. 

“Ensuring there is enough safe, affordable and nutritious food for all will require that more students understand agriculture and become future leaders in food production,” said Mark Deterding, business director for DuPont Pioneer’s Western Business Unit. “We know that we cannot do this alone and are working with others in agriculture and education to give teachers the best resources to encourage children to understand agriculture and consider careers in the industry.”

Matt Kreifels, assistant professor of practice with UNL’s Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department says, “We expect our teachers to know everything and teach all areas of agriculture, food and natural resources. The reality is they have very minimal resources to equip both themselves and their classrooms to teach this valuable information. The CASE Institute is unique and very beneficial to a teacher. They can easily implement that curriculum right in their classroom.”

About the Nebraska FFA Foundation

The mission of the Nebraska FFA Foundation is to enhance quality education/FFA programs in order to achieve excellence in leadership development, curriculum innovation and scholastic advancement of students. 

For more information, visit neffafoundation.org.

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