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Buena Vista County fourth graders find ag to be exciting

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

It was an "Ag-citing" day for fourth graders throughout Buena Vista County who took part in the Iowa State University-sponsored event that shows students a well-rounded perspective of agriculture.

The students met with many knowledgeable adults, 4-H'ers and FFA'ers who shared a world of information with them on a variety of topics.

These were the topics and presenters:

* Old McDonald's Farm - Melissa Fahr, BV Co. Extension CYC - feed sources.

* Gate to Plate - Tom Olsen, ISUE Field Specialist - steps taken to get from seed or baby animal to usable or edible products.

* Out in Left Field - Newell-Fonda FFA and Rex Wittrock, FSA Director - how much is a bushel? and identifying common products that are made of grains.

* Groovy Grain - Nancy Clark, ISUE Field Specialist - information on grains grown in this area from identifying them to tasting them.

* Global Position Plots - Carol Ehlers, ISUE Field Specialist - a hands-on experiment.

* The Big Machines with Power Take-Offs - Kris Kohl, ISU Field Specialist - farm machinery and safety measures.

* Exploring Animals - Adam Glienke, Stacey Glienke, Sydni Williams and Shelby Meyer, BV Co. 4-H'ers - information on cows, chickens and goats.

"This event gives our youth a feel for what agriculture involves," said Rhonda Christensen.

Teachers of the BV County fourth graders were given a packet of resource materials three months in advance to familiarize the students with terms and provides activities for them to do. This prepares the students for the day-long event.

The event has been held annually for several years.

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