Logan County Farm Bureau, Lincoln Area YMCA and Logan FFA members
will host over 240 students and 15 teachers at the 12th annual Logan
County Ag Education Day. The event will be at the Lincoln Area YMCA
Activity Center, 719 Wyatt Ave. in Lincoln.
Logan County Ag Education Day
"A Celebration of Agriculture"
Wednesday, March 20
9-11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m.
Lincoln Area YMCA Activity Center
719 Wyatt Ave., Lincoln
Students and teachers will be welcomed to agriculture through
five "hands-on" stations that will feature soybeans, corn, dairy,
hogs and machinery.
Logan County Farm Bureau members and Lincoln Area YMCA personnel
will host and help staff the soybean station, where youths will
learn about soybeans and products that are made from soybeans. The
students will conclude their soybean learning session by playing
FFA members will be on hand to offer demonstrations. Hartsburg-Emden
FFA members will discuss farm machinery safety with the students,
explain their PTO safety exhibit, and then escort the students
outside to view and sit inside the farm machinery provided by
Central Illinois Ag, of Atlanta, and Cross Brothers, with locations
in New Holland, Mount Pulaski and Clinton.
Mount Pulaski FFA members will host the corn station, where the
students will make colorful, biodegradable plastic. Mixing
cornstarch, water, corn oil, food coloring and then microwaving,
students will be able to see the possibilities of plastics from
corn. Students will learn firsthand from Logan County Farm Bureau
members about 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.
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Lincoln FFA members will talk dairy facts with the students as
they make an ice cream shake-up.
Steve and Todd Irwin, Beason, will have a dairy calf on hand for
the students to view and pet. Todd will present information on dairy
farming 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 youths to pet and hold.
Fourth-graders stopping by the hog station will also be treated to
taste-testing "pork sausages."
Schools participating in this year’s Ag Ed Day are Central,
Chester-East Lincoln, Hartsburg-Emden, New Holland-Middletown,
Northwest, Washington-Monroe and Zion Lutheran of Mount Pulaski.
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 activities. Essays
entitled "American Agriculture -- Feeding the Future" will be
judged, and trophies will be awarded for the top five essays.
[Text from file received from Logan County Farm