Students to celebrate Ag Day with pizza
National Ag Day event shows how agriculture brings food from farm to fork
Nearly 700 elementary students and educators from the Kansas City area will gather to learn where their food comes from and attend a pizza party March 24. The event, which is part of the 2009 bi-state observance of National Agriculture Day, will be held at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs.
Students and educators will rotate stations to learn the origins of different pizza ingredients such as dairy, meat, vegetables, wheat, and soybeans. After gaining a better understanding about the ingredients needed to make pizza, the students will literally digest their newly acquired knowledge at a kid-friendly feast of pizza and ice cream. This celebration will conclude with magician Rex Getz's "Magical World of Agriculture" presentation.
Students will gain great insight from the Ag Day pizza party, says Lee Sigley, education coordinator at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame.
"Pizza is a great agricultural example because it combines grains, vegetables, meat and dairy products together," Sigley says. "Local commodity groups will explain to students how pizza ingredients come from farms and ranches, then how the ingredients are processed and finally delivered to a grocery store or restaurant."
The Kansas/Missouri Ag Day Pizza Party is being held in conjunction with National Ag Day. This is an annual celebration of the farm and ranch families who provide Americans and others worldwide with food, fiber and fuel.
While promoting unity in the food and agricultural community, National Ag Day provides an opportunity for the populations in urban areas to learn more about agriculture and its vital role in their lives. Eight schools and nearly 700 students plan to attend this year's Ag Day event from Kansas. The participating schools from Missouri are Lakewood Elementary, Sugar Creek Elementary, and Odessa Elementary, while the Kansas schools participating are Mize Elementary, Bonjour Elementary, Tonganoxie Elementary, Anthony Elementary and St. Joseph's Elementary.
"The Kansas and Missouri Ag Day Pizza party program shows students the importance and value of agriculture in their everyday lives, says John Schlageck, Kansas/Missouri Ag Day spokesperson. "By hosting this annual program, the Kansas and Missouri Farm Bureaus are fulfilling our commitment to educating consumers how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, wear, use and even fuel our vehicles."
This year's Ag Day pizza party is slated to begin at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.
A team of nearly 50 agribusiness professionals from both Kansas and Missouri helped plan and orchestrate this annual event.
Kansas/Missouri Ag Day Pizza Party sponsors include: Kansas and Missouri Farm Bureaus, County Farm Bureau organizations in Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson county in Missouri, Agriculture Hall of Fame, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Wheat Commission, Midwest Dairy Council, Missouri Beef Industry, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri/Kansas National Agri-Marketing Association, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Vegetable Growers Association.
Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.