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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
1612 Claflin Road
301 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3402

785-532-5633 fax

CASE Institute Information


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Introduction to Agriculture Food and Natural Resources
Hosted by Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
June 19-28, 2018

Register HERE!

Course Description

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) introduces students to agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study in agriculture. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE curriculum. Throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course. Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course serves as the introductory course within the CASE Program of Study. The course is structured to enable all students to experience an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program. In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course includes:

  • Agricultural Education: Agriculture, FFA, and SAE
  • Communication Methods
  • Science Processes
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants and Animals
  • Agricultural Power and Technology

CASE Institute description

CASE Institute is a professional development workshop to provide teachers with training for the instruction related to a specific CASE course. CASE Institute sessions give teachers an important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula as well as practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction.

CASE Institute Schedule

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
4:00 p.m.: Registration opens 
5:30 pm: Kickoff meeting and meal

June 20-23, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.: CASE Classes (Lunch: noon to 1:00 p.m.)

June 24, 2018
Off, no classes

June 25-27, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.: CASE classes(Lunch: noon to 1:00 p.m.)

June 28, 2018
CASE classes. Please do not plan to depart from Manhattan on a flight prior to 2:00 p.m.

Planning Resources

Registration Form: Complete the registration process located on the CASE website.

Fees: $2,600 per person
Registration includes all training materials, access to laboratory equipment, full lodging, and meals. 

The CASE recommended cancellation fee has been implemented to reduce the number of last minute cancellations or no-show registrations. We will charge a cancellation fee of $250 for registration cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the institute. In situations of no-show registrations without prior notice, the non-refundable fee will be $1000, and is adjustable based on costs that CASE Institute Hosts cannot recoup.

Campus Map
Manhattan Map

By Car:
If you are driving to Manhattan, here is the link to directions.

By Plane:
The Manhattan Regional Airport offers daily direct flights to Chicago and Dallas on American Eagle Airlines. To see flight information Manhattan is about a 2-hour drive from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport and the Kansas City International Airport, where shuttle service is available.

As you book air travel for departure, please be aware that the Kansas City and the Wichita airports are 2 1/2 hours from Manhattan, and check-in is generally expected at least 2 hours before departure.

Lodging expenses are included in the registration cost and will be provided at a hotel with two participants per room.

Meals will be provided and are included in the cost of registration. Continental breakfast is provided at the hotel, lunch is on campus and a meal card is provided for dinner.

Permits are required for all vehicles parked on campus and will be provided for participants, as needed.

Graduate Credit
Kansas State University offers 3 hours of graduate credit. Contact Jon Ulmer (julmer@ksu.edu) for enrollment details.

Primary Contact
Brandie Disberger bdis@ksu.edu Office: 785-532-1175 Cell: 620-200-0664

Payments will be made to Kansas State University. Mail payments to Brandie Disberger, 301 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66502.