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Local students learn about farming life at Farm Day

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Scott County Central third grader Maison King models safety gear worn by electricians as Glen Cantrell with SEMO Electric explains how the equipment offers protection.The electrical safety exhibit was one of several presented to nearly 300 third graders during the Scott County Women in Agriculture's Annual Farm Day Tuesday at the St. Lawrence Parish Center in New Hamburg. Leonna Heuring, Staff
By Leonna Heuring


NEW HAMBURG -- Scott County Central third grader Maison King had never seen a cow up close -- until Tuesday during the annual Scott County Farm Day.

Maison was one of nearly 300 Scott County third graders who watched a dairy cow get milked while learning about farm life and safety during the annual event which the Scott County Women in Agriculture began in 2002.

Maison said she learned lots of things following the Farm Day.

"I learned to stay away from big farm equipment and power lines so I don't get hurt," the third grader said.

There were some foods and items made with corn that Maison wasn't aware of, she said. She also said she learned about the different kinds of seeds farmers use.

"They changed the color of field corn seed so the crows don't get them because the scarecrows don't always work," Maison said of her new knowledge.

The Scott County Women in Agriculture has the same goal it had 10 years ago: to teach children how agriculture affects their everyday lives -- from the clothes on their back, the baseball they play with or the food on their lunch tray.

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