Educational Guest Speaker

Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston is a retired agricultural education teacher, farmer and crop adjuster. His 33 years of expertise in both education and farming make him the perfect speaker to kick off or finish up one of our lessons. He engages students from kindergarten to 12th grade, customizing the presentation for their grade level.

 

 

Scheduling Your Visit

To enhance the presentation we suggest teachers plan to teach a Kansas Corn lesson prior to or right after the guest speaker’s visit. To assist with scheduling please provide multiple dates on the request form and reach out to your colleagues to see if they also want the speaker to visit their class on the same day.  We are unable to visit the same school twice in one year.

In order to make the presentation engaging and hands-on we request that speaker 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.

UPDATE: For this coming school year we are offering two classroom visit options. 1. Preferred option: The traditional classroom visit will include hands-on activities per student to allow for social distancing during the presentation.  2. Alternative option: Our virtual classroom visit will include shipping the hands-on materials to the teacher in advance and the guest speaker will lead the presentation remotely.  Zoom would be the recommended program for the virtual presentation. 

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!

Suggested Topics

  • General/Kansas Agriculture
  • Biotechnology/GMO’s*
  • 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