Ag Days teaches kids about life on the farm

  • Jenna Harvell, 18, of Maple Park who attends Kaneland High School holds a three-day-old baby lamb for students from Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin to see Tuesday. The Kane County Farm Bureau Ag Literacy Program welcomed fourth-grade students and their teachers to Mooseheart to learn about agriculture. Students will hear and take part in short presentations on agricultural topics, livestock and farm machinery led by farmers and presenters from the agriculture industry. Harvell said that she grew up on a farm and has been volunteering at the event the last three years.

      Jenna Harvell, 18, of Maple Park who attends Kaneland High School holds a three-day-old baby lamb for students from Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin to see Tuesday. The Kane County Farm Bureau Ag Literacy Program welcomed fourth-grade students and their teachers to Mooseheart to learn about agriculture. Students will hear and take part in short presentations on agricultural topics, livestock and farm machinery led by farmers and presenters from the agriculture industry. Harvell said that she grew up on a farm and has been volunteering at the event the last three years. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Jackson Kettelkamp, 18, of Kaneland High School explains to a group of students Tuesday what it's like to drive some of farming's big equipment, such as a $600,000 combine.

      Jackson Kettelkamp, 18, of Kaneland High School explains to a group of students Tuesday what it's like to drive some of farming's big equipment, such as a $600,000 combine. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Life on the farm was brought to the suburbs Tuesday during the first of a two-day presentation by the Kane County Farm Bureau at Mooseheart.

When the 34th annual Ag Days celebration ends Wednesday, more than 1,000 students, several dozen teachers and many others will have learned quite a bit about what farmers do and how agriculture works.

Jenna Harvell, 18, of Maple Park and Kaneland High School has been volunteering at the event since she has been a sophomore.

This year she introduced a three-day-old baby lamb to the students as they came to her station.

Students from districts including Elgin's U-46, Batavia 101, Geneva 304, St. Charles 303, Dundee area 300 and West Aurora 129 were scheduled to take part in presentations, learn about livestock, farm machinery and agricultural topics and commodities such as soybeans, corn, pork, beef, dairy, poultry and vegetables.

For more on the farm bureau, visit kanecfb.com.

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