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Logan County Ag Education Day set for March 20

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[March 01, 2013]  Fourth-graders from Logan County schools will celebrate National Ag Day on March 20.

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.

What: Logan County Ag Education Day

Theme: "A Celebration of Agriculture"

When: Wednesday, March 20
9-11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Area YMCA Activity Center
719 Wyatt Ave., Lincoln

Sponsored by:

  • Logan County Farm Bureau

  • Lincoln Area YMCA

  • Hartsburg-Emden FFA, Lincoln FFA, Mount Pulaski FFA

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 "Soy Bingo."

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 agriculture-related items.

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 Bureau]

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