Local kids attend EPAK program

The annual EPAK event was held May 10th through the 12th at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds. Fifth graders from Emmet County and fourth graders from Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties are invited to attend each May. There were a total of 454 students from the three counties who attended the program that teaches kids about different segments of the agricultural industry. The students traveled around to seven different stations throughout the day: Animal Bits and Pieces (animal by-products), Give Us More Chores (farm animals and "Pitch the Poop" game), Delicious Discoveries (soy by-products), Bountiful By-Products (turn corn into plastic), Delicious Discoveries (soy by-products), Biofuels Blast (use biofuels to inflate a balloon), Nature's Filters (pollution and demonstration of soil and organic matter as filters), and From the Hen House to your House (an egg's journey). The goal of the EPAK program is to make youth aware of agriculture's importance to their local community and to the State of Iowa, as well as how agriculture affects their lives on a daily basis. Thank you to the sponsors of this program for making it possible to our local youth: Iowa State University Extension & Outreach (4-H), Farm Bureau, County Conservation Boards, POET, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Farm Credit Services, Iowa Soybean Association, and Daybreak Foods.

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