Iowa Public Television offers new classroom resource on ag issues

Iowa Public Television offers new classroom resource on ag issues

IPTV announces release of Market to Market Classroom, a free educational resource for connecting students and teachers.

In conjunction with National Agriculture Day on March 18, Iowa Public Television announced the release of an online educational resource for classrooms across the United States.

Market to Market Classroom is a free resource, connecting students and educators with stories about the business, technology, science and issues of agriculture from the nation's longest-running agribusiness television program, Iowa Public Television's Market to Market. Explore the stories at and gain a deeper understanding of the people, issues and events that shape agriculture today.

TUNE-IN: Iowa Public Television has available a new, free resource connecting students and teachers with stories about agricultural business, technology, science and other issues. Each learning module has resources to build on current subject content.

"Each learning module contains resources that build upon core subject content, emphasizing critical thinking, research and communication skills," says Terry Rinehart, IPTV's director of educational services. "These online resources connect with learning outcomes in agriculture, science, social studies and language arts classrooms."

Each learning module features the following classroom resources:
• Online videos provide current reporting and in-depth background information
• Background essays introduce concepts and summarize key themes
• Research challenges guide students through their project-based investigation
• Discussion questions engage students in critical thinking
• Related resources support student investigation and teacher instruction
• Teacher guides include standards connections, assessment rubrics and classroom strategies

The educational website features the following learning modules:
Science & Technology in Agriculture.  Agriculture has a rich tradition of embracing technology to improve production, revolutionize how farmers run their business and change the face of rural communities.

Commodity Markets & Weather. Markets, weather, consumer demand, international events and beyond, can all influence the price a producer is able to get for a commodity.

New Markets & Entrepreneurship.  Many successful farms and ag businesses are built on new ideas, new products, new markets and new methods. In an increasingly global and competitive landscape, entrepreneurial skills are as important as ever.

1980s Farm Crisis During the 1980s. America's farmers were confronted by an economic crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. Many of those who relied on agriculture for their livelihoods faced financial ruin.

Role of Government in Agriculture. Government policies must balance the costs and benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment, government budgets and competing interests.

Market to Market Classroom is made possible by the generous support of DuPont Pioneer. Market to Market Classroom resources are available at For more information about Iowa Public Television, contact Susan Ramsey at 515-725-9703 or [email protected].

Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network
IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in Iowa, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Mission is to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford.

More than 2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Hawarden; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception and more can be found at
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