Summer Ag Institute

Teach the Teachers 

Summer Ag Institute 

Summer Ag Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, action-packed week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. The goal of SAI is to help educators use agriculture as a context for teaching core academics - science, math, social studies, and English.

Current, factual, and scientific information about agriculture is presented, and participants are provided with educational materials to help them incorporate what they've learned into their classrooms. OSU scientists and professors, educators, Oregon Department of Agriculture specialists, Extension staff, high school agriculture teachers, producers, processors, managers, and owners all take an active role in educating teachers about where their food comes from and how it ends up on the grocery shelf.  Participants also visit numerous agricultural operations, such as: a dairy and a food processing plant, nursery, hydroponics operation, grass seed farm and processing operation, mint, Christmas tree, filbert, vegetable and fruit operations, winery, sheep shearing, and a golf course. 

The highlight of the week is the opportunity to experience production agriculture through an overnight stay with a Willamette Valley farm family. The learning experience and warm hospitality helps participants see how farmers live, work, care for, and love the land that supports all of us.  Through SAI, teachers are given first-hand experiences in the depth and breadth of the agriculture industry and how OSU, their land grant institution is linked to making this industry prosperous.

For more details: Summer Ag Institute Web Page

Session 1: June 21 – 26, 2015 : Corvallis

Session #1 Coordinator Contact:
Debbie Croker:Phone Number: (541) 740-5073, Email: 

Session 2: July 12 – 17, 2015: Union, La Grande

Session #2 Coordinator Contact:
Jana Lee Dick: Phone Number:(541) 562-5129, Email:


In 2014, Summer Agriculture Institute received the Oregon Department of Agriculture, "Excellence in Education Award" for 25 years of commitment to educating teachers about the industry that has a direct impact on their students' lives. 







Greg Thompson with Katy Koba, Director for the Oregon Deparments of Agriculture. 









Katy Koba, Director of the Department of Agriculture, along with SAI Board member Dona Coon, SAI Coordinator - Debbie Crocker, Greg Thompson, OSU Instructor and Board members, Tami Kerr, and Board member and Director of Oregon Agricultrual Education Foundation, Janice Reed.