PHOTO GALLERY: Slice of Agriculture
Eudora West Elementary School fourth-graders, as well as about 800 other fourth-graders from Lawrence and Baldwin, visited the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds Jan. 27 and 28 for the annual "Slice of Agriculture" event.
In its fifth year, the event was organized by groups including Douglas County farmers, the Douglas County office of Kansas State University Research and Extension, 4-H leaders, FFA, Douglas County Farm Bureau and the Douglas County Conservation District.
The students rotated among eight stations, learning about soil and water conservation, pigs, food safety, farm machinery and cattle.
Deems Farm Equipment sales man Kevin Lierz let students sit inside the cab of a 7820 John Deere tractor. He told them since the cab of the tractor is like a farmer's office, it needed to be comfortable. The tractor on display had a CD player, stereo, air conditioning and heating. Lierz also told the students the tractor cost $112,000 or the equivalent of about 240,000 candy bars.
Teachers who brought their classes to the event were given lesson plans to prepare their students about the importance of farming.