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Agriland provides agricultural education


Kansas

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to learn how to milk a cow and compare their weight to bushels of wheat by visiting the Agriland exhibit at the Kansas State Fair.

Agriland, which is located in the Pride of Kansas building at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson, is an interactive exhibit that gives Kansans of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to learn about the largest industry in Kansas--agriculture.

Agriculture in Kansas generates more than $14 billion in sales each year. The approximately 65,500 Kansas farmers are stewards for 46.2 million acres of farmland. Kansas is home to 6 million cattle and calves and 1.9 million hogs.

However, many Kansans rarely interact with agriculture production.

"The different activities and information available at Agriland give fairgoers a chance to learn about where our food comes from and how it is produced," Kansas Department of Agriculture Education and Event Coordinator Becky Sullivan said. "Additionally, many people are surprised to learn about how livestock and crops are used in thousands of byproducts from toothpaste to crayons."

New to Agriland this year is a "My Plate" exhibit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched "My Plate" in June to replace the food pyramid as a visual guide designed to help Americans have balanced diets.

People visiting Agriland have the opportunity to milk Blossom, the mechanical cow, and can use the dairy kiosk to have a picture of their face turned into an electronic butter sculpture. They also can learn about livestock feed rations and touch different Kansas-grown grains. Attendees can walk into the soil tunnel trailer for an under-the-scenes look at what is going on in the soil beneath us every day.

Agriland is a is a cooperative effort of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Wheat, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Dairy Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Kansas Sunflower Commission, Kansas Soybean Association and Commission, Kansas Agri-Women, Kansas Cotton Association and the Miami County Conservation District.

Agriland will be open Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 12 through Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Agriland is staffed by volunteers and visited by approximately 5,000 people during the fair each year.

For more information about Agriland visit the exhibit at state fair or contact KDA Education and Events Coordinator Becky Sullivan at becky.sullivan@kda.ks.gov or 913-515-5016.



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