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May 13, 2011
Ag in the Classroom
By: Andy Chvatal
Just got back from an Ag in the Classroom presentation, at St. Patrick's Elementary School, here in Lincoln. Joy Ullstrom, soy educator for the Nebraska Soybean Board, did an amazing job with a classroom of 4th grade students. This particular class only had 13 students, but they paid attention, participated and loved playing the soybean game at the end of presentation!
Soybeans: A to Z, was the name of the game. The strategy is as basic as its name, to learn about soybean uses while beginning at the letter "A" and finishing on the letter "Z."
Some of the facts the kids learned:
* With 11 pounds of soybean oil from one bushel of soybeans, we can make 2,112 soy crayons.
* China is the number one soybean export customer for the United States.
* Chickens are the #1 consumer of soybean meal and hogs are #2.
Here are a few pictures from Joy's day with the students -
Nebraskans have a unique opportunity when it comes to our #1 industry, agriculture. One in every three jobs is ag related, so our children and grandchildren will likely encounter agriculture at some point in their lifetime. Kids that grow up in urban communities sometimes lack the access to rural information, so it's programs like these that make it fun, interactive and informational for all who get involved. It doesn't take an educator or require a degree to tell our positive story, but it does take passion and enthusiasm. Get up, get out and spread the good word on Nebraska agriculture.