The Logan County Farm Bureau, Lincoln Area Y and Logan County FFA
members will host over 240 students and 15 teachers at the ninth
annual event, presented at the Y Activity Center, 719 Wyatt Ave. in
Schools participating in this year's Ag Ed Day are
Carroll Catholic, Central, Chester-East Lincoln, Hartsburg-Emden,
Mount Pulaski, Northwest, Washington-Monroe, West Lincoln-Broadwell
and Zion Lincoln.
"A Celebration of
Wednesday, March 30
Lincoln Area Y Activity
719 Wyatt Ave.
Logan County Farm Bureau
Lincoln Area Y
Hartsburg-Emden FFA, Lincoln FFA, Mount Pulaski FFA
Farm Bureau members and Y personnel will host and help staff the
soybean station, where the fourth-graders will learn about soybeans
and products that are made from soybeans. The students will conclude
their soybean learning session by playing "Soy Bingo."
FFA members will be on hand to offer several demonstrations.
Hartsburg-Emden FFA members will discuss farm machinery safety
with the students, explain a PTO safety exhibit and then escort them
outside to view and sit in a combine, provided by Central Illinois
Ag of Atlanta, and a tractor and planter, courtesy of Cross Brothers
in New Holland, Mount Pulaski and Clinton.
Mount Pulaski FFA members will host the corn station, where the
students will make colorful, biodegradable plastic. By mixing and
microwaving corn starch, water, corn oil and food coloring, students
will be able to see the possibilities of plastics from corn.
Students will also learn from Logan County Farm Bureau
director-farmers what goes into producing a corn crop and how corn
is used in products we use daily. Grocery products containing corn
will be on display.
Lincoln FFA members will talk dairy facts with the students as
they make an ice cream shake-up.
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Steve Irwin of Beason will have his dairy calf on hand for the
students to view and pet. He will present dairy farming information
to the students and answer questions.
Students visiting the hog station will be treated to filling
"feed bags" with candies representing corn, vitamins, minerals and
protein required to feed and grow healthy hogs for today's
consumers. Farm Bureau volunteers will explain how pigs grow and
will have baby pigs on hand for the fourth-graders to pet and hold.
As the students stop by the hog station, they will also be treated
to taste-testing "pork sausages."
Students and teachers will be given take-home packets that
include six different Ag Mags, provided by Farm Bureau's Illinois
Agricultural Education in the Classroom, and several other
Ag Ed Day participants are invited to enter the "Celebration of
Agriculture" essay contest after they attend the Ag Ed Day. Essays
entitled "Agriculture Is Amazing" will be judged, and trophies will
be awarded for the top five essays.
[Text from file received from Vicki Huelskoetter]