Bill Johnston, retired Ag Education teacher, farmer, and crop adjuster, is visiting classrooms across the state of Kansas on behalf of the Kansas Corn Commission. With 33 years of experience in the classroom and his experience working on the farm, teachers will find him to be an exceptional guest speaker. Bill’s entire professional life has been spent teaching about the value and opportunities in agriculture. With his knowledge base he is able to customize his presentation to meet the needs of each classroom. You will not find Bill “lecturing” but instead “engaging” your students.
Suggested topics include:
- General/Kansas Agriculture
- Ethanol Production*
- Employment Opportunities in Agriculture*
- Issues in Agriculture* (would discuss how to deal with issues versus discussing the issues themselves. e.g. water usage, biotechnology, chemical usage, farm bill, GMO’s)
- History of Corn
- Conservation and the Environment in Agriculture*
- Other (teacher can request other topics if needed)
*More suited for 6th-12th grade
To enhance the presentation we suggest teachers plan to teach a Kansas Corn lesson or Seed to STEM lab prior to or right after the guest speaker’s visit. To request materials visit https://kscorn.com/request-materials/.
To assist with scheduling please provide multiple dates on the request form. We would also enjoy visiting multiple classes on the same day. Please see if other teachers in your school would like to schedule a classroom visit on the same day.
In order to make the presentation engaging and hands-on we request that Bill present to groups with 25 or less students. He is willing to present multiple times during his visit in order to keep the class sizes smaller.
Check availability of dates before requesting but please note that dates are filling. Please provide multiple options for visit dates should the date be no longer available as indicated on the calendar. View Bill’s calendar here!