Summer Agriculture Institute

Summer Agriculture Institute


  • Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate level class for K-12 educators with little or no background in agriculture offered through Oregon State University.
  • The goal of SAI is to help educators use agriculture as a context (or theme) for teaching academic standards (science, math, social studies, etc.).
  • Current, factual, scientific information about agriculture is presented. Participants are provided with educational materials to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.
  • SAI shows how farmers and ranchers care for the land and water they use.
  • Teachers learn the procedures for ensuring consumers a safe food source.
  • They are exposed to the complexities of agricultural marketing and economics, both of which play an important role in agriculture today.
  • The participants gain first-hand experience with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, nurseries and businesses.
    The highlight of the week is an overnight stay on a working farm or ranch where the teacher has an opportunity to meet and work with agriculturists.

*Host family stay is a required part of the course. Host farm families graciously welcome teachers to their farm and show them their operation.


  • K-12th grade teachers who have little or no background in agriculture.


  • Session #1: June 18-22, 2018 Corvallis
  • Session #2: July 15-20, 2018 Union/La Grande


  • SAI increases participant’s knowledge and understanding of important agricultural issues and applications.
  • SAI provides information that will contribute to the goal of helping people make well-informed decisions about agriculture.
  • SAI Materials are extremely effective. 90% of the participants were using SAI materials five years after attending SAI.
    Teachers indicated a very high rating for usability of materials received at SAI.


  • Each participant is responsible for a $600.00 registration fee which is to be submitted with the SAI application. In exchange, SAI participants receive tuition for (3) graduate level credits, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, classroom-ready curriculum and resources.


  • Since its inception in 1989, over 450 teachers have attended.
  • In 1996, SAI was awarded the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Progress Award for Education.
  • In 2014, SAI won the Excellence in Education Award from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
  • We depend on private, commodity, organizational and agri-business financial support to fund the remaining costs.
  • To aid in that effort, SAI became a project of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) in 1991. The foundation is a recognized 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.


Click here to be taken to the SAI webpage. There you will find a fact sheet, the application form, and an SAI donation form.