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[MARCH 15, 2005]  Fourth-graders from 12 Logan County schools are celebrating National Ag Day today (March 15). Logan County Farm Bureau members expected to host over 250 students and 20 teachers at the fifth annual Logan County Ag Education Day, conducted at the Laughlin Center on the Lincoln Christian College campus.

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

Logan County Farm Bureau Women's Committee members host the soybean station, where youths make "Beany Baby" necklaces. The students learn more about products that are made from soybeans by playing "soy bingo."

FFA members offer demonstrations to the youth.

Hartsburg-Emden FFA members discuss farm machinery safety with the students and then take 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 host the corn station, where the students make colorful biodegradable plastic. Mixing corn starch, water, corn oil, food coloring and then microwaving, students can see the possibilities of plastics from corn. Grocery products containing corn are also be on display.

Lincoln FFA members talk dairy facts with the students as they make an ice cream shake-up.

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

Students visiting the hog station are 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 explains how pigs grow and has baby pigs on hand for the young people to pet and hold. Fourth-graders stopping by the hog station are also treated to taste-testing "pork sausages."

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The closing segment of the sessions features live baby sheep. Steve Schreiner, Logan County Farm Bureau board member, talks with the students about raising sheep and then answers questions.

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

Students and teachers are given take-home packets that include more than 15 agricultural-related items in each packet.

Participants are invited to enter the "Celebration of Agriculture" essay contest after they attend the Ag Education Day. Essays entitled "What Agriculture Means to Me" will be judged by the Phi Theta Kappa honorary society at Lincoln College. Trophies will be awarded for the top five essays.

Members of the Logan County Farm Bureau organized the fair in celebration of National Ag Day.

[News release]

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