“Iowa ranks 7th in U.S. turkey production, with approximately 12 million raised annually,” said Kelly Foss, IALF Executive Director. “Through this program, students will make connections with food and farming and teachers will gain new insights into how they can incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.”
The November 16 FarmChat is the beginning of a three-part series spanning from November to January. During the series, FarmChats will cover turkey farming, unique poultry, and food safety and preparation. While FarmChats can be used as a standalone resource, the content pairs well with IALF’s Gobble Up! student program. The Gobble Up! program contains units with lesson plans and resources for elementary (3-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12) detailing turkey production and marketing. At the conclusion of the unit, students will have created a turkey product marketing plan that can be submitted into the contest portion of the program. The FarmChat series and Gobble Up! program provide support and resources to educators as they connect agricultural concepts with their current curriculum.
IALF’s FarmChat program brings the farm experience directly into the classroom. With a laptop at the school and a mobile device on the farm, students can connect with and interact with Iowa farmers. This immersive experience allows students to see the daily operations of a working turkey farm and engage in discussions with experienced farmers while conveniently staying within their classroom. Students will learn about the vital role agriculture plays in their lives. A recent similar FarmChat program, Learning about Pigs, garnered attendance by more than 3,000 students in seven states.
“FarmChats hosted by IALF have proven to be a great way to connect students to Iowa farmers,” said Morgan Pothoven, Iowa Turkey Federation. “This program gives students a glimpse into the life of a turkey farmer without having to leave the classroom.”
IALF encourages teachers and students in grades 3-12 from all over Iowa to participate in this learning opportunity. Students can join IALF as they virtually tour a turkey farm in Hamilton County, Iowa.
Title: Ag in Action: All About Poultry FarmChat (Turkey Farming)
Date: November 16, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. (CST)
Questions can be directed to Kelly Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Iowa Turkey Federation
The Iowa Turkey Federation is a 75-year-old organization that represents, supports and promotes the turkey industry and its members.