Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Program provides an opportunity for kids to learn about agriculture

HARTINGTON —  With the average American being at least three generations removed from the farm, Jackie Steffen, a UNL extension officer, said it is important to have programs to teach young people about agriculture.

One such program, Farmyard Facts, was designed to teach young children, about agriculture and where food comes from by reading books and having them participate in hands-on crafts.

“Both reading and agriculture have no subject matter boundaries and are part of everyday life,” Steffen said. “Incorporating the two of them seems like a natural fit and working with all of the libraries and staff has been wonderful.”

Farmyard Facts was started here in 2012, Steffen said. Eventually, Randolph was added to the list and Laurel will add the program in March. About 25 children attend at each location, Steffen said.

Library Director Tami Anderson said teaching agriculture literacy is important because the children live in a primarily agricultural area.

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