March 14, 2014

Ag Sack Lunch program going strong


ag sack lunch 2014The fourth annual Ag Sack Lunch program moves into the second semester of the 2013-14 season with a full schedule of events now through the end of the school year.

By the end of May, 5,000 Nebraska fourth-graders will have taken part in the 2013-14 program, which is designed to reach students and their families about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy.

The program makes use of the fact that over 20,000 students visit the State Capitol Building in Lincoln as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. Teachers are invited to sign up their classes for the program when they visit the State Capitol. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB), the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA).

Sponsored events include a free sack lunch, which features nutritious foods produced in Nebraska, a 20-minute presentation by “Ag Ambassadors” on the vital role agriculture plays in the state’s economy, and a fact-filled card game that students can take home, which helps carry the ag-centered message home to their families.

Ag Ambassadors are UNL students typically from rural towns and farms in Nebraska and are specifically trained to make these presentations.

Ag Ambassadors for the spring 2014 semester and their home towns: Morgan Zumpfe, Friend; Meridith Gross-Rhode, North Bend; Jennifer Keyes, Springfield; Valerie Kesterson, Bridgeport; Abigail Wehrbein, Plattsmouth; Hannah Gaebel, Ashland; Lacey Uden, Juniata; Emilia Woeppel, Firth; Emma Likens, Swanton; and Courtney Schaardt, Table Rock.

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