Summer Ag Institute

DeKalb County, Illinois has a rich history of agricultural innovation. Sure, you’ve heard about the invention of barbed wire, but there are so many more ways area inventors and innovators have impacted agriculture worldwide. Via farm and agribusiness tours, expert speakers, and ag literacy resource exploration, the 2023 SAI will give teachers tools and background knowledge to broaden students’ appreciation of agriculture’s past, present, and constant influence on our lives. Our SAI is open to preK-12 teachers.

When: June 12-15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: DeKalb County Farm Bureau and area tour sites

Registration & Scholarship Application: Complete the form found at Please follow the payment link after submitting your registration. This form also includes the scholarship application if you wish to apply.

Credit & Cost:
Teachers may earn 30 PDCs or 2 hours of graduate credit.
The registration fee is $100 for all participants.
Those wishing to earn graduate credit must also enroll and pay tuition through the University of St. Francis.

SAI participants:

  • Tour local farms and interact with the farmers who raise our food.
  • Visit agribusinesses and investigate career opportunities in agriculture.
  • Examine issues of food production (food safety, environmental protection, etc.) and discuss age-appropriate ways to explore them with students.
  • Develop lessons to incorporate food & farm-related content while addressing learning standards.