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Education Partners – Agriculture & Kids

By Staff | May 14, 2019
GIVE US MORE CHORES - Students enjoyed learning that it is alright to make chores fun if it is done in a responsible and safe manner. Angie Strohman, Extension Director for Palo alto County talked to students and showed a parody song by Peterson Farm Bros. that showed how chores are something on a farm that is done in any weather. Going into the next building they got to see some animals you can find on a farm such as chickens, lambs, calves, piglets to name a few. Jesse Hoffman from Graettinger Terril is shown standing in front of some fainting goats. For those who don’t know what fainting goats are, these goats get startled by loud sounds and faint.
BIOFUEL BLAST was the theme for these students in Mr. Swanson’s class from Emmetsburg. Bill Hubberty, POET Bio Mass Purchaser explained the different stages corn goes through to become ethanol. Hubberty told the students that any living organism can be changed into alcohol. Above Robbie Hable, Project Liberty Engineer, showed the students how leftover corn stalks, corn cobs, and other leftovers can be changed into ethanol. Hable explained that it takes math and science to work with bio mass and how it is important to pay attention. He also explained how the enzymes that change the corn into bio mass is the most costly part of the process.
BOUNTIFUL BY-PRODUCTS - Area farmer Lowell Appleton explained to Fourth Grade Students from West Bend Mallard, Emmetsburg Catholic, Emmetsburg Public, Graettinger Terril, Ruthven Ayrshire, and North Kossuth how farming has changed since his grandfather purchased the farm. Crop production has changed from 20 bushel per acre to 230 bushel per acre. Appleton also explained that every part of the corn plant can be used today to make a variety of items. The students did an experiment with everyday household items to turn cornstarch into corn plastic. Only three ingredients were used, corn starch, water and oil with food coloring added. After mixing the liquid was put into a microwave and Maddie Morey from West Bend Mallard shows the final product.
MAKING CHORES FUN - Students were taught that making chores fun is possible provided you are still being responsible and safe, especially when working around animals and equipment. They played a racing game with bedding and solid animal excrement. The idea was to walk with pitchfork tines down and put the excrement into a bucket before the other teams. Callaway Kajewski from GT shows his technique.

Education Partners – Agriculture & Kids