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Farm to Table brings ag in focus

Farm Bureau hosts fourth graders at fairgrounds

September 14, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The city kids got a slice of life on the farm Thursday as part of the Marshall County Farm Bureau's 12th annual Farm to Table day.

Nearly 400 fourth graders from throughout Marshalltown visited the Central Iowa Fairgrounds where they learned about farm safety, livestock production and how ag products are made into many household items.

"It puts a face with agriculture," said Mary Jo Baitinger of the Farm Bureau. "They are getting so far removed from it."

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Kent Thomas shows Rogers Elementary School fourth graders the dangers of a PTO system on a tractor during the Farm to Table day at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. Nearly 400 Marshalltown fourth grade students learned about farming and its impact on the community at the event Thursday.

An example of why this type of education is important occurred when Kent Thomas used a screwdriver to demonstrate how a PTO system on a tractor can catch onto clothes and rip them off.

"Cool" one student said.

"Not cool," Thomas said. "Because you could get injured or die."

Hoglan Elementary School teacher Gena Graglia thought her students were getting a good lesson during the day.

"I think farm safety is so important," Graglia said. "I think two of the people have been on a farm in my entire class."

Sara Duncan, of Beaman, talked about swine production and brought along a pig as part of her presentation.

"When the pig gets up they get pretty excited," Duncan said. "I've also had several comments about the smell today."

On a more serious note, Duncan feels it's important these children learn about agriculture.

"It's nice to give kids education outside of the city life," she said. "We're trying to get them familiar with the industry."



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