Ag In The Classroom Held In Sidney

About 300 second and third grade students from throughout Richland County learned valuable information during the Ag in the Classroom program held at Sidney High School on April 18.

"It's to teach the kids about agriculture and show them where their food comes from," Extension agent Marley Voll said of the program's goals.

Organizers of the program included the Extension office, MonDak Stockgrowers, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and area FFA advisors.

Farm Bureau representatives Paula Steinbeisser, Angela Miller and Kirysn Johnson taught students about beef. They had students guess which categories different items belong to between hide and hair, intestines, fats and fatty acids, brain, hooves and horns, plasma protein from blood and gelatin from bones.

The other sections that students toured through included wheat, vegetables and dairy.

Instructors were Lambert FFA regarding wheat, Fairview FFA for dairy and Sidney FFA regarding vegetables. Pizza was created through the process and students enjoyed a small piece.

In addition, Sidney agriculture instructor Kelly Alvstad was in the greenhouse to teach students about plants.

Extension agent Josie Evenson said students came from Sidney, Fairview, East Fairview, Savage, Lambert, Horse Creek and a home school for the program.

"We tried to include everybody," Evenson said.


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