Farm Bureau members attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting participated in an Agriculture in the Classroom activity at Normandale Hills Elementary in Bloomington on November 16.
The MFBF Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee in conjunction with the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and county Farm Bureau leaders throughout Minnesota worked with over 125 students in second, third and fourth graders.
"Agriculture in the classroom is always an enjoyable experience. It is an eye opening lesson for the students and teachers alike to explore agriculture's impact on everyday food and household items," said Samantha Runge, MFBF P&E Committee member. "It is so empowering to teach them what part of the animal the different items come from and that everything they eat, wear and even the toys they play with start on a farm."
Nearly 20 leaders read “My Family’s Beef Farm” which shares the story of raising beef followed by making ear tag necklaces and comparing human My Plate to cattle nutrition plate comparisons.
Farm Bureau leaders also conducted a consumer outreach activity at HyVee in New Hope where they visited with consumers about beef production and answered questions they had about their food. Over 60 percent of all Minnesotans have never met a farmer.