Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Taking Farms to School

Students Welcome Farm Animals To The Classroom
April 7, 2009 at 6:59pm Waseca County, MN

Elementary school students in Waseca had a change in curriculum today, as local farmers became teachers. The Waseca County Pork Producers Association, along with other Waseca County commodity groups, presented Ag in the Classroom at Hartley Elementary School. Livestock and crop producers educated third grade students about their farms and how they contribute to food production. Vicki Singlestad says, "There are fewer and fewer children that grow up on farms these days and don't really know about agriculture. So we like to teach them about agriculture where their food comes from, how it is produced.” The third graders even got to hold baby pigs and sheep as part of the program. Link

The youth of this nation have been a prime target for animal rights groups for quite some time. Their efforts to indoctrinate these kids have included almost anything you can think of, including making trading cards featuring diseases caused from drinking milk, to awarding prizes for refusing to dissect animals in school. It’s very important that ag producers take the opportunities to have school kids come out to their farms, or if the schools don’t allow that, take your farm to them. It’s all about making a connection with these kids. Sadly, this may be their only exposure to agriculture. Congratulations to the Waseca Country Pork Producers and the rest of their local ag groups for their efforts.

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