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Logan County Farm Bureau celebrates Ag Education Day with fourth-graders

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[MARCH 31, 2006]  Fourth-graders from 12 Logan County schools celebrated National Ag Day on Thursday.

Logan County Farm Bureau members hosted over 230 students and 16 teachers at the sixth annual Logan County Ag Education Day. The event was at the Laughlin Center on the Lincoln Christian College campus.

Students and teachers were welcomed to agriculture through five "hands-on" stations, featuring soybeans, corn, dairy, hogs and machinery.

Logan County Farm Bureau Women's Committee members hosted the soybean station, where students learned about products that are made from soybeans. The fourth-graders played "soy bingo" and taste-tested a buttery spread made from soybeans. Committee members also talked to the students about "look-alike" poisons that can be found in the home.

FFA members were on hand to offer demonstrations. Hartsburg-Emden FFA members discussed farm machinery safety with the fourth-graders and then took them outside to view and sit in the tractor, combine and machinery provided by Central Illinois Ag, Cross Implement and Rohlfs Implement.

Mount Pulaski FFA members hosted the corn station, where students made colorful, biodegradable plastic. Mixing corn starch, water, corn oil, food coloring and then microwaving, students were able to see the possibilities of plastics from corn. Grocery products containing corn were also on display.

Lincoln FFA members talked about dairy facts with the fourth-graders as they made an ice cream shake-up.

Steve Irwin of Beason had his dairy calf on hand for the students to view and pet. They also could place their thumbs in the electric milker to experience just how the cow feels when milked!

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Students visiting the hog station were treated to filling "feed bags" with candies representing corn, vitamins, minerals and protein required to feed and grow healthy hogs for today's consumers. Vicki Huelskoetter and Kent Paulus explained how pigs grow and had baby pigs on hand for the fourth-graders to pet and hold. Students stopping by the hog station were also treated to taste-testing "pork sausages."

The closing segment of the sessions featured live sheep. Steve Schreiner, a Logan County Farm Bureau board member, talked with the students about raising sheep and then answered questions.

Schools participating in this year's Ag Ed Day were Carroll Catholic, Central School, Chester-East Lincoln, Hartsburg-Emden, New Holland-Middletown, Northwest, Mount Pulaski, Washington-Monroe, West Lincoln-Broadwell, Zion Lutheran in Lincoln and Zion Lutheran from Mount Pulaski.

Students and teachers were given take-home packets that included agricultural-related items.

Ag Ed Day participants were invited to enter the "Celebration of Agriculture" essay contest. Essays entitled "What Agriculture Means to Me" will be judged by Lincoln Community High School English class members, under the direction of Mr. Ed Jodlowski. Trophies will be awarded for the top five essays.

[Logan County Farm Bureau news release]

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