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Fourth Graders Experience Agriculture

During the last week of April, fourth grade students from Cass County schools including Central Cass, Kindred, Northern Cass, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Fargo, and West Fargo joined over 2000 area students from 45 schools for The Living Ag Classroom at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Other students attending were from schools in Richland, Traill, Steele and Dickey counties in North Dakota and Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Ottertail and Norman counties in Minnesota.

Agricultural organizations coordinated the Living Ag Classroom to increase students' awareness of agriculture and help them learn how food and other agricultural products move from the farm to consumer. Students rotated through 14 stations, spending about six minutes at each one, learning answers to such questions as, "How many quarter-pound hamburgers come from a 1,000 pound steer?" and "What biodegradable products are made from corn?" They also saw farm animals, watched wheat being ground into flour and learned about careers in agriculture. In addition, teachers received materials to extend this agricultural information into their classes.

Presenters were Cass County Extension, Cass County Soil Conservation District, ND Farmers Union, Midwest Dairy Association, ND Beef Commission, ND Honey Promotions, ND Corn Utilization Council, ND Wheat Commission, ND Soybean Council, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, ND Farm Bureau, NDSU Ag Ambassadors, NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club, and Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.