BLOOMFIELD – For more and more Nebraska youngsters, life on the farm is an alien concept.
That’s why the UNL Extension offices in Antelope, Pierce and Knox Counties teamed up with Farmers Pride Co-op and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District Friday to give hundreds of area elementary schoolers a taste of life on the farm.
Over 300 third and fourth graders gathered at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, where they learned about every aspect of modern farm life.
“We’re teaching them about what happens on a farm,” said Amy Fenton of the UNL Extension office in Pierce. “We talk about the soybeans and corn that are grown, the beef animals and what happens on a dairy farm and the pig farm and with the chickens.”
The students took turns at various stations, where they learned about agricultural technology, water conservation and how their food gets to their plates.
“It’s an interesting facet for them to think about,” Fenton said. “Where does my food come from? It doesn’t just plop in front of me at the dinner table. We actually have to get it from somewhere.”
The event was modeled after a similar ag event hosted in Madison County that draws hundreds of students each year.