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4th graders see Ag in the Classroom

Fourth-graders from Century School ask questions and look over a RoGater as Tyler White from Cenex Harvest States in Park Rapids talks to the group during Ag Day at the school on Tuesday. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)

By KEVIN CEDERSTOM

Park Rapids students and teachers took part in Ag in the Classroom activities Tuesday at Century School as part of National Ag Week and National Ag Day on March 18.

Included in the day’s activities were presentations by a local farmer, Master Gardeners from the University of Minnesota Extension Office, farm agronomist for RDO in Park Rapids, Cenex Harvest States RoGator, and a visit by Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Other presentations throughout the day involved soil, dairy, beef cattle, corn and beans.

William Mack, farm agronomist for RD Offutt Farm Division in Park Rapids, was on hand to discuss potato farming with the fourth grade students.

According to Mack, RDO farms about 60,000 acres in North America with 9,800 of those around Park Rapids. RDO has approximately 650 employees with about 500 at the Park Rapids plant and 150 working on the farms.

Mack also told the students there are between 50-60 semi-truck loads of French fries, hashbrowns and other potato products that leave the Park Rapids plant per day.

Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) sponsors the event nationally and is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society.

The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.

Core Values

ACA believes that every American should:

n Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

n Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

n Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

n Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

n Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

n Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

n Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

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