Neb. contest asks students to consider life without agriculture

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Where would you be without the ag industry? Farm groups in Nebraska are asking the question to connect the growing population unaware of the role that agriculture plays in their daily lives.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are encouraging students in the state to recognize the important of agriculture through a contest promoting agriculture literacy.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Day @ The Farm Contest that connects classrooms with farmers and ranchers. The two sponsor organizations say one in four jobs contributing to Nebraska’s economy are tied to agriculture, but the other 75 percent are losing exposure to the origins of the food they eat and the clothes they wear.

Students in grades K-12 can submit a video by Nov. 15 for a chance to win an all-expense paid field trip to farms or ranches near their school, as well as a surprise lunch party.

“The Day @ The Farm Contest is designed to educate students about the importance of agriculture in their lives no matter where they live,” said Deanna Karmazin, state director of the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program. “Through the contest, we hope to reach classrooms who want to learn more about where their food, fuel and clothing comes from.”


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