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Ford County Farm Bureau holds 'Day on the Farm'

Shady Grove Farm’s Cindy Temaat uses her draft horse to demonstrate how farming was done many years ago. (Courtesy photo.)

Students enjoyed climbing on and learning about all types of farm equipment. (Courtesy photo.)

Ford County fourth graders learned many fun facts about pigs from local farmer Roger Immell. (Courtesy photo.)

Local fourth graders enjoyed the Southwest Dairy Farmer’s Mobile Dairy Classroom. (Courtesy photos.)

On April 26, Ford County Farm Bureau Association held its 14th annual “Day on the Farm” at the Ford County Fairgrounds in Dodge City. Three hundred eighty-five Ford County fourth-grade students rotated through 14 different presentations. The goal is to help youth understand where their food comes from and how important agriculture is in our everyday world.

The group featured two new exhibits, the Soil Tunnel Trailer and the Toxic or Tasty exhibit. The Soil Tunnel Trailer presented the students with the opportunity to observe the natural history of soil in a 3-D environment. It also provided examples of human impacts on soil. The Toxic or Tasty presentation showed the students some deadly look-alikes to be aware of. Some of the kids’ favorite treats can look very similar to substances that may be harmful. This exhibit promoted awareness to think before you ingest.

Exhibits returning to “Day on the Farm” included the Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Milking Trailer, which is an actual traveling milking parlor demonstrating how to milk a cow and describes how milk goes from the farm to the consumer. The students all enjoyed “Mac” the sheep dog and handler David Arnold herding around his sheep. Other presenters were Ford County EMS, who provided an ambulance for the kids to see. Dodge City Vet Clinic with Dr. Chad Kerr provided a presentation on pet safety. Victory Electric provided an electrical safety trailer to explain the hazards of electricity. Shady Grove Farm’s Cindy and Dan Temaat brought their draft horses and showed how farming was done many years ago. Another animal the students got to see was a baby calf as they learned how farmers and ranchers care for their cattle. They learned about the life cycle of cattle and explored the numerous by-products we use in our lives every day thanks to the cattle industry. A poultry presentation covered the nutritional information and how we use the chickens. Roger Immell shared his knowledge of pigs, showing what they eat and how important they are to sustain the human population.

Jean Ann Trout with the Kansas Wheat Commission explained how wheat is grown and the process it passes through to reach your kitchen table Outside we displayed the actual equipment the farmer uses to plant and harvest the wheat Many farm animals eat alfalfa and Kan-Equip and Unruh-Foster supplied us with a swather, tractor and round baler so the students could see what kind of machinery is used to cut the hay and make the bale.

The Ford County Farm Bureau board members served a lunch of pizza, pudding, applesauce and milk (donated by Hiland Dairy). The Dodge City Community College Collegiate group provided the presenters for the Toxic or Tasty program and the farm equipment. Every classroom teacher received a bag full of information to use in the classroom and handouts for the students.

Ford County Farm Bureau board members are Rick Konecny, Serena Jones, Cindy Temaat, Dan Temaat, John Indiek, Loren Barngrover, Travis Goetz, Bryan Brauer, Jessica Schwartz, and Shannon Schwartz. Coordinators Sonya and Brandy Goetz would like to thank those that were involved in helping make this event a huge success.

Date: 5/20/2013

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