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Welcome to Class Podcast Back for Second Season
Iowa Ag Connection - 08/06/2020

The Integrated Pest Management program at Iowa State University is offering a second season of its agriculture educator podcast Welcome to Class. The podcast is an episodic series that examines a wide array of agricultural topics, and shares tips on how best to illustrate, explain and teach these topics from a classroom perspective.

Development of "Welcome to Class" is a result of collaboration between the IPM and Iowa 4-H Youth Development programs at Iowa State University. Recognizing a need on behalf of both agriculture and extension educators for a singular, guiding resource, the Iowa State programs worked together to produce a podcast that aggregates resources for educators, as well as provides a community and space for educators to further collaborate and make lasting connections.

Season two of the "Welcome to Class" podcast is once again hosted and produced by Carli Erickson, a crop sciences youth education coordinator with IPM. Erickson was previously an AmeriCorps member with Iowa 4-H Youth Development, and has had a role to explore and talk with those in the Iowa agricultural landscape, in the hopes of bridging connections with agricultural professionals and educators.

"Our goal for the Welcome to Class podcast is to give agriculture educators and their students easy access to valuable resources and classroom content. Iowa State University offers a wealth of knowledgeable resources and people from the agriculture industry who are eager to share their personal experiences," Erickson said. "Content delivery has never been more important, and we are excited to bring a new and innovative learning experience to educators everywhere."

This season Erickson will be talking content by category, from leadership in the community to greenhouse success. Each episode is packed with educational facts and real-life experience.

The "Welcome to Class" podcast will be released in seasons, and is currently available to download and stream, and on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

"The IPM program is happy to leverage its resources to continue to diversify the audience and stakeholders we hope to help and educate," said Daren Mueller, director of the IPM program at Iowa State University. "The IPM program sees this as just one of many opportunities to collaborate not only to help these segments of audiences, but to further the mission of the IPM program in environmentally, healthy and economically responsible approaches to pest management."

Each podcast episode includes resources for educators. Resources and episode notes are found in each episode description.

Information about the podcast will also be available to subscribers of the ISU IPM newsletter. Resources referenced on the podcast can also be found on the IPM Iowa State University YouTube channel.


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