By the end of today almost 700 local third-grade students will have had the opportunity to learn more about life on the farm, courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's "A Day on the Farm."
The event took place Wednesday through today at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington.
"The ‘A Day on the Farm' program strives to meet the needs of educating youth about the various aspects of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives. Since its beginnings in 2000, more than 5,000 Burt, Dodge, Saunders and Washington County third-grade students have attended this annual program," stated extension office information.
Students learned about various facets of modern farm life such as the use of Global Positioning Systems and modern farming equipment like the massive John Deere Sprayer that most children could walk under without bending over.
They also saw modern milking equipment and were able to pet a calf. Other sessions included forages, ruminant nutrition and students were able to view young pigs and learn about livestock.
"The program's goal is to increase youths' knowledge and understanding about agriculture concepts including a better understanding of our area's consistent supply and value-adding industries," the extension office information stated, "As a result, youth will be better informed about the role agriculture plays in the state and local economy as well as in their daily lives."
Third-grade students from Linden Elementary, North Bend, Bennington, Fort Calhoun, Logan View, Tekamah-Herman, D.C. West and Blair participated on Wednesday or Thursday.
Students from Clarmar Elementary, Howard Elementary, Arlington, Scribner-Snyder and Blair are participating today.