Category Archives: National Ag Day

Martin County celebrates Ag Day with Education

The Martin County FSA staff met with Kindergarten to Second Grade children at St. James Lutheran School in Northrop, Minnesota for National Agriculture Day.  The students were taught the meaning of agriculture as well as all the different things created from a variety of agricultural items: the cereal they ate for breakfast that morning and the clothes that they were wearing all came from agricultural commodities.  The students were also introduced to the faces of agriculture and their roles:  Produce Buyer, Farmer, Veterinarian, Mechanic, Pipeline Engineer, Park Ranger, and Agri-Businesswoman.   Technology was also a large topic as the staff discussed with the children how things have changed over the years in agriculture to make farming easier and more efficient.

The staff separated the children into two groups and had two different Ag Day stations prepared.  The first station was about soils and seeds.  The experiment started with three 2 liter pop bottles cut horizontally.  Each pop bottle contained different items:  the first held soil, the second held soil and debris, and the third held soil and plants.  We poured water into the pop bottles and the students were able to see how the water drained through each soil as it poured into a cup hanging over the edge of the open spout.  This also portrayed soil erosion and how plants “drink” the water in order to stay healthy.  After this the students were given a plastic food glove and the staff explained the parts of seeds, the similarities and differences of each, and how seeds grow.  The students were instructed to put a single seed into each finger of the glove and then place a wet cotton ball on the top of the seeds.   The students were instructed to hang their gloves in the sun and make sure that the cotton balls remained wet and then once the seed started growing into a seedling they could plant it in soil.  These activities made the kids feel like farmers themselves, but as the plant grows, the experiment will also demonstrate the students how a plant grows.

The second station was created to educate the students on the history of agricultural technology, teamwork, and production.  The students were taken outside to a jungle gym where apples were placed in the middle of the jungle gym.   The FSA Staff and the students discussed how things have changed over the years for agriculture and harvesting.  The students were split into two teams and the staff explained how the jungle gym represented an apple tree and how in the “old days” people handpicked all their produce. Their first activity was working together to bring the apples down and place into a designated area with proper care not to bruise them so they could be sold.  After the students completed that portion of the activity, they were given two baskets per team and again asked to “climb the apple tree” and work together to bring the apples to a designated area using the baskets (reminding the children take heed on their produce).  The final round consisted of the students working together to figure the best technique for “climbing the apple tree”, retrieving the most apples possible, placing them into a wheelbarrow/wagon and taking them to a designated area.

The staff provided the each student with a small bag  containing an  FSA notepad,  FSA pencil, and FSA temporary tattoos that were stapled to activity sheets for them to share with their families at home.  The FSA Staff also allowed the children to select their own apple from their pickings. The remaining apples were donated for a future school lunch.

FSA_kids_apples-in-wagon_PROC FSA_kids_erosion_PROC FSA_kids_erosion2_PROC FSA_kids_seed-planting_PROC FSA_kids_wheelbarrow_apples_PROC National Ag Day Pic2

National Ag Day Celebrated by Blue Earth – Nicollet FSA

The Blue Earth/Nicollet County staff is celebrating National Ag Day by handing producers thanks you and providing meat, cheese and crackers for those that stop in the office today.  Ag trivia questions are hung up throughout the office.

 

Blue Earth-Nicollet Ag Day Thank You's

Blue Earth-Nicollet Ag Day Thank You’s

Ag Day refreshments at Blue Earth-Nicollet FSA

Ag Day refreshments at Blue Earth-Nicollet FSA

Ag Day trivia hung at each desk

Ag Day trivia hung at each desk

Wright County Celebrates Ag Day

Wright County is celebrating National Ag Day Today!  We have put the message below in our GovDelivery and have had it posted on our doors for about a week.  We are just waiting excitedly for customers to show up so we can share our appreciation.

“National Ag Day is March 18th.  We would like to show our appreciation for all you do for our office, the farming community, and our country.  Please stop by the office to enjoy a treat and a cup of coffee.  You can also assist our office with a scavenger hunt or answer a few trivia questions for a prize.  We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!”

Wright County FSA producers and staff enjoying National Ag Day refreshments

Wright County FSA producers and staff enjoying refreshments

Wright County FSA Staff is ready for National Ag Day

Wright County FSA Staff is ready for National Ag Day

National Ag Day refreshments served at the Wright County FSA Office

National Ag Day refreshments served at the Wright County FSA Office

 

Faribault County Office Celebrates Ag Day

Ag Day 2015 - Faribault County Milk, Coffee and Cookies

The Faribault County staff celebrated National Ag Day by providing coffee, milk, and cookies for producers who stopped into the office.  We also have a display with some Faribault County facts as they apply to milk and cookies.  Happy National Ag Day!

Faribault county facts in regards to milk & cookies Ag Day

Ag Day 2015 – Faribault county facts in regards to milk and cookies

Ag Day 2015 - Faribault County Ag Facts Display

Ag Day 2015 – Faribault County Ag Facts Display

Ag Day 2015 - Faribault County Milk, Coffee and Cookies

Ag Day 2015 – Faribault County Milk, Coffee and Cookies

Mora Service Center Celebrates Ag Day

Ryan Brunn, CED shown reading the book Tops and Bottoms to class for Ag Day Celebration

Mora Service Center staff celebrated National Ag Day one day early on March 17, 2015 by visiting Fairview Elementary School’s 1st and 2nd graders. Over 300 students enjoyed learning about farm animals and crops, farm safety, and recognized our area farmers and all they provide.

FSA employees shared their passion for agriculture through a question and answer discussion, a children’s story – Caldecott Honor Book, Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens – read by Ryan Brunn, CED, live Phoenix chicks – raised by Tanya Lundeen, PT, and singing “Farmers are the best, best!” song – led by Julie Kolodji, FLM. Happy National Agriculture Day!

Julie Kolodji, FLM leading students in the song, "Farmers are the best, best!”

Julie Kolodji, FLM leading students in the song, “Farmers are the best, best!”

An image of a thank you note from student.

A thank you note from student

Ryan Brunn, CED shown reading the book Tops and Bottoms to class for Ag Day Celebration

Ryan Brunn, CED shown reading the book Tops and Bottoms to class for Ag Day Celebration

Live phoenix chicks raised by Tanya Lundeen, PT

Live phoenix chicks raised by Tanya Lundeen, PT

Ryan Brunn holding a live phoenix chick raised by Tanya Lundeen, PT

Ryan Brunn holding a live phoenix chick raised by Tanya Lundeen, PT