Hometown Farmer: Inspiring Future Farmers

Kids at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Elementary School got to learn in a different type of classroom on May 12th.Farmers and kids in 4-H were using everything from a chicken to sheep to give kids a hands-on look at life on the farm."They're learning about where their food, fiber and fuel come from," said Melissa Keyes. She's with Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom.She says a lot of times these kids don't know where their food comes from."There are kids in parts of the country that think milk comes from the grocery store, or that hamburger comes from the grocery store," said Keyes. "We have agriculture everywhere, it surrounds us, it's a huge part of our economy and kids should know what's going on in the farms they see when they drive down the road."Mark Nelson is a young farmer. He was there, presenting to students, hoping to inspire."Less than one percent of American citizens are farmers," said Nelson. "We're one of the biggest minorities that no one ever talks about."And the kids say they're learning some things that are pretty cool."That rabbits are used for meats," said fourth grader Jack Ping. "Since I've never heard of rabbit meat before."Some lessons about food learned, a whole lot of fun and maybe even a few future farmers in the crowd, as well."We need them," said Mark, talking about inspiring young farmers. "The agriculture sector needs new people to come and work."If you know of any farmers you think would be great here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: