Area farmers and agri-business personnel are headed back into eight area classrooms to share their knowledge and expertise with 175 students. This is the fourteenth year that Watonwan County Farm
Bureau has coordinated this effort.
Each student will receive several keepsakes from a variety of the area commodity organizations including the Pork Producers, Corn and Soybean Growers, Dairy Association and Watonwan County Farm Bureau.
“Teachers provide a vital link to their students and our future consumers,” Gieseke said. She farms with her husband Peter just south of St. James on a third generation dairy farm. “As students and families move further away from the farm, some of the basics of food and fiber production are taken for granted.
Changing technology and the availability of processed and prepared foods is accepted in America where in other countries they worry about where the next meal might come from.”
Minnesota is the 5th largest agricultural producer in the United States. Employment in Agriculture and food industry accounts for 15 percent of total jobs in Minnesota. Two thirds of those jobs are off the farms in processing, distribution, supply and service sectors.
Agriculture is providing the world’s growing population with safer and healthier food and at the same time doing more than ever to protect
our natural resources.
Farm Bureau is an organization steeped in tradition and formed to help represent farmers and rural interests. We have also expanded our educational outreach by assisting a growing general public in their understanding of food production, economics and product development. Our members are very interested in providing avenues and resources to assist in the integration of agriculture into the classroom and allowing students the time to interact with area farmers or agribusiness specialists as they share their story on food production.
For more information call Amy Gieseke at (507) 375-5993.