Nebraska teacher brings new agriculture curriculum back from Alaska

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 9:25 AM CDT
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A Nebraska teacher recently returned from training in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Macie Wippel is a teacher at Kearney High School. During her time in Alaska, Wipple learned about Natural Resources and Ecology.

The training is part of a program called CASE or Curriculum for AgriScience Education.

“The professional development experience called CASE is an 80 hour training that our agriculture teachers can go through,” said Stacie Agnew, with the Nebraska FFA Foundation. “It goes on all around the country.”

Macie was able to complete training thanks to a Nebraska FFA Foundation scholarship, funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and DuPont Pioneer.

“The foundation committed to fund 20 agriculture education teachers. The funding allows them to attend a CASE training of their choice,” said Agnew.

These teachers will now use what they learned during CASE to educate students in Nebraska.

According to Kearney Public Schools, Wippel will be teaching her students about the process, benefits and challenges related to the use of soybeans in agriculture.

“Our students are exposed to a lot of different careers,” said Krystl Knabe, with the Nebraska Department of Education. “This training really gives students the opportunity to learn about agriculture with a heavy science base, which is extremely important with the demand that we will have to feed the increasing population by the year 2050.”

The Natural Resources and Ecology curriculum covers all areas of natural resources while giving students a fun and hands-on experience.

The use of soybeans in natural resources will allow students to identify a way they can incorporate soybeans into being something that is sustainable and helps preserve or conserve the environment.

“The curriculum focuses a lot on what we could use in Nebraska to focus on sustainability. These students may have learned about these concepts in a more general practice before where now they can have a more science focus on that curriculum and tie it directly to the Agriculture industry,” said Knabe.

For more information on her training or the CASE Curriculum, click