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Kids Ag day is almost here!
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Kansas is in the heartland of Agriculture in the United States. Unfortunately, students in our communities have only a little more knowledge of agriculture, and its direct and indirect roles in our lives, than students living in urban areas. Twenty years ago, the Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture committee sought to change that. Kid’s Ag Day was born, and is fondly remembered by many even years later.
Every year, all of the 4th grade classes in Barton County are treated to a field trip. On this field trip they will learn about the many different aspects of agriculture and get a better understanding of just how much hard work goes into that loaf of bread or box of corn flakes. This knowledge allows students to understand and appreciate their environment and the importance of Agriculture in their daily lives.
The students are brought to Kevin Mauler’s farm for a day of fun and learning. Once there, they go to several different stations, including Ag trivia, a petting zoo, and farm tour that teach them about different aspects of the farm from the crops that are grown, the machinery that is used, to the chemicals that sometimes need to be sprayed in the fields. In all, they have 7 stops on their tour. They are also shown several demonstrations that have to do with farm work. In past years, some of the demonstrations have been horseshoeing, sheep shearing, and even a milking demo. The day helps students realize and appreciate just how important agriculture is in their everyday lives.
This year will be the first time I get to experience Kid’s Ag day for myself. I am excited to be able to work with the Chamber on this important program and look forward to assisting Barton County’s 4th graders learn all they can about agriculture, make memories that will last a lifetime, and gain the understanding on how hard our farmers work to put that loaf of bread on their table at home.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County K-State Research and Extension. You can contact her by e-mail at or calling 620-793-1910