Kids Learn Story of Ag


Known as both the "beef state" and the "Cornhusker state", is Nebraska raising a generation unfamiliar with the farm?

Grinding wheat into flour, kids connect with Nebraska's rich agricultural heritage, that some see disappearing.

Caroline Brauer of the Wheat Board said, "I think you lose a lot of it. Don't necessarily do as much baking at home. It's easy to go to the store, buy prepackaged cinnamon rolls, prepackaged cookie dough, but ingredients are there. It's getting them to look for that."

Their parents and grandparents may have grown up on farms, but kids from towns like Grand Island, Giltner, Hampton, and Litchfield don't know where food comes from.

"It doesn't come on a truck, they need to think about where it originates," said Annette Schimmer.

She serves on the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce ag committee, which partners with the State Department of Agriculture and the fair to share that message.

Committee Member Tara Janda said, "There's a farmer and rancher taking care of animals and crops to provide best feed and food for the world."

But ask kids and they don't see the connection in their lives, even when their parents serve and process food.

"My mom works at Sanchez Plaza and mom and McCain," one girl said.

But some lessons are sinking in.

A Grand Island boy said,"My favorite thing was seeing the tractors."

Janda said, "They don't have to know everything about ag, but if they learn one or two things, it'll be a success."

Farm families hope to raise a generation rooted with an understand of their state's biggest industry.