Kansas Beef Day is Jan. 30
The Kansas Beef Council has been working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas State Department of Education to feature beef on school lunch menus during Kansas School Lunch Week, which runs Jan. 28 to Feb 1. Jan. 30 has been designated "Kansas Beef Day."
KDA and KSDE have provided school districts in Kansas with sample menus for the week, which highlight corn, sunflower, beef, milk and wheat during the five-day school week. Additionally, schools have been provided Kansas School Lunch Week daily fun facts, which can be read during morning announcements or included on the printed lunch menu.
KBC is encouraging Kansas farmers and ranchers to extend Kansas Beef Day by ensuring their local school district is participating in Kansas School Lunch Week. Farmers and ranchers can print the sample menus and recipes to take into their local schools. Additionally, Kansas Beef Day is a great opportunity to take the ranch to the school by planning beef-related activities with local schools. Please contact KBC with questions or for help in planning a school activity. Ideas include:
--Eating lunch at school with your child or grandchild on Kansas Beef Day, Jan. 30.
--Arrange a presentation at the school to discuss what you do on your cattle operation and the beef production lifecycle.
--Teach school children what cattle eat by utilizing the interactive Cow Chow quiz and showing feed and forages of what you feed your cattle.
--Invite a classroom to your farm or ranch to give children a firsthand look at agriculture.
--Read a book about raising cattle to an elementary school classroom. Suggestions include "Levi's Lost Calf" and "Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture." KBC has a limited quantity of books to loan, if interested.
--Encourage teachers of grades 2 and 3 to utilize a lesson plan from "Connect the Dots: Where does my food come from?"
--Be creative! Talk to your local school to see what activities they would interest them. Some good resources include beef checkoff-funded websites Explore Beef and FactsAboutBeef, as well as resources from Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and Kansas Farm Bureau.
For more information, contact the KBC office or find all the reference materials on the KBC website, www.KansasBeef.org.