Area students to get hands-on ag education

Educating students on the impact of Nebraska agriculture is the focus of Ag Fest 2014 on Tuesday, April 29, at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington and Wednesday, April 30, at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Broken Bow. The day-long events are designed for fourth and fifth grade students. Each will feature hands-on crop and livestock educational exhibits and three concurrent sessions. The sessions will include “The Miracle of Corn,” “Wow That Cow,” and “The H2O Show,” according to Andrea Nisley, UN-L Extension Educator in Dawson County. Students will observe the miraculous growth of a corn plant and learn the story of corn as a source of fuel and food; how cattle affect our lives in Nebraska and all over the world from production and ranching practices to health and nutrition and to the products and by-products used each day; and learn basic river and groundwater systems in Nebraska, Nisley said. Ag Fest 2014 begins at 8:45 a.m. and runs through 2:45 p.m. The sessions are 30 minutes in length. There are 825 students, teachers and helpers registered for the event. The event is coordinated and presented by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Custer and Dawson counties. Ag Fest 2014 is sponsored in part by area agri-businesses and commodity groups.