The fourth annual Nebraska Ag Sack Lunch program moves into the second semester of the 2013-14 season with a full schedule of events planned through the end of the school year.
By the end of May, 5,000 Nebraska fourth-graders will have taken part in the 2013-14 program, which is designed to reach students and their families about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture to the state's economy, according to teri Koch with the Nebraska Soybean Board.
The program makes use of the fact that more than 20,000 students visit the State Capitol Lincoln as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. Teachers are invited to sign up their classes for the Ag Sack Lunch program when they visit the State Capitol. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.
Sponsored events include a free sack lunch, which features nutritious foods produced in Nebraska, a 20-minute presentation by "Ag Ambassadors" on the vital role agriculture plays in the state's economy, and a fact-filled card game that students can take home, which helps carry the ag-centered message home to their families, Koch says.
Ag Ambassadors are UNL students typically from rural towns and farms in Nebraska.
Ag Ambassadors for the spring 2014 semester and their home towns are: Morgan Zumpfe, Friend; Meridith Gross-Rhode, North Bend; Jennifer Keyes, Springfield; Valerie Kesterson, Bridgeport; Abigail Wehrbein, Plattsmouth; Hannah Gaebel, Ashland; Lacey Uden, Juniata; Emilia Woeppel, Firth; Emma Likens, Swanton; and Courtney Schaardt, Table Rock.