Field day shows students importance of Kansas grasslands
Ranchland Trust of Kansas and Kansas Foundation for Ag in the Classroom showed 290 fifth grade students the economic, historical and cultural importance of Kansas grasslands during a field day recently. Hosted by Munson Angus Farms near Junction City, the program for students from USD 475 was funded by a grant from the Bramlage Family Foundation.
RTK board member and Ottawa County rancher Cade Rensink explained the importance of the cattle industry to Kansas and highlighted management practices used on his family’s ranch. Hosts Chuck and Deanna Munson shared the history of their ranch and took students for horse-drawn carriage rides.
Students took part in a demonstration involving the interdependence of the prairie ecosystem. They also heard about the history of the Kansas prairie, learned how to identify grasses and saw how drainage can affect downstream water quality.
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