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Kids Explore Ties of Ag to Daily Life

Role Play Agribusiness Photo

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AMES, Iowa -- Youth Environmental Agriculture Days concluded another successful run May 11 at the Wright County Fairgrounds in Eagle Grove, Iowa.

Now in its eleventh year, the event draws every fifth grader from Hamilton, Hardin, Webster and Wright counties -- approximately 1,200 students or 150 per day for the eight-day program.

Through hands-on activities, youth learn how agriculture affects their lives, providing more than  food, clothing and  housing, but also affecting air and water as well as providing energy and new technology.

The event is coordinated by LuAnn Johansen, 4-H youth development field specialist, and features Iowa State University Extension staff, state of Iowa staff and business professionals as teachers.

This year students explored agribusiness (From Farm to You), animal products (Animal Bits and Pieces), crop products (It's More Than You Think), forestry (Trees R Us), sun safety (Sun Smart), water quality (Why Water) and youthful futures in agriculture (Twenty-First Century Agriculture).

Contacts :

LuAnn Johansen, 4-H Youth Development, (641) 648-4850, luann@iastate.edu

James Patton, Iowa State University Extension, Webster County, (515) 578-2119, jlpatton@iastate.edu 

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu

Kids Role Play Agribusiness Photo  (Farm2UHiRz.jpg 812K)

Hamilton and Webster County fifth graders examine the relationship of agriculture and water quality.
Water Quality Activity Photo  (WatrQulity2HiRz.jpg)

Webster City fifth grader examines a sheepskin during Youth Environmental Agriculture Days.Examining Sheepskin Photo (SheepSkinHiRz.jpg)

Fifth graders from a four-county area learned about the role of biotechnology in twenty-first century agriculture during an 8-day event at the Wright County Fairgrounds. Here a youth does a DNA extraction activity.Youth DNA Activity Photo  (PourSolutnDNAhiRz.jpg)