Posted on April 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM by Iowa Corn
Last week I helped educate students at Ag Fair, an annual event in Britt, Iowa that teaches students about farming and the work that goes into producing our food supply. At this event, students rotate to a variety of stations to learn about commodities, farm safety, farm animals, conservation, machinery and healthy food choices. Many students believe the food their family purchases comes from the grocery store. It’s amazing to see their faces light up when we explain the food their family purchases is really grown and produced by farmers.
It’s essential for students and their families to understand the hard work that goes into the production of agriculture and the care that farmers use when raising their animals. Farmers who are working the land take great pride in maintaining good nutrient management practices to protect their land for future generations. Many of the students, who visit our booth, believe farming consists of just farmers, but in reality, farmers also utilize bankers, seed salesmen, veterinarians and grain elevators and many other types of people to help to maintain their businesses.
The event held in Britt is an annual event, but counties around Iowa also host similar events throughout the year which help educate the younger generations on agriculture.
Samantha Ehrhardt joined Iowa Corn in October 2012 as the district field manager for this territory. Samantha graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Studies. She grew up on a family dairy farm near Monona and currently resides near Nashua. Samantha works with 11 counties in North Central Iowa, promoting corn and implementing grassroots activities.