County Fifth grade students take farm tour
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Photos by Rhonda Fassler
Countywide Farm Tour held
By Rhonda Fassler
The Cherokee Chamber Agri-Business Committee recently hosted their annual 5th grade farm education day and farm tour. On Monday, presenters went to each of the four county schools, to talk about: beef, pork, dairy, soybeans and corn. Each group of presenter spoke for approximately 15 minutes and had five minutes of question and answer time. The presenters were divided into two groups and each group went to two county schools. They discussed a variety of things that the students would see the following day on the tour. Presenters included: Dr. Brit Carlson, Beef; Tim Bierman, Pork; Jason Ducommun, Beef; Tom Oswald, Corn and Soybeans; Vernon Winterhof,, Dairy; Tom Kellen, Soybeans; Emmet Wolf, Pork; Gary Small; Soybens and Loren Johnson, Dairy.
The following day, countywide the students loaded up on school buses and headed out. Their day consisted of a tour of Dave and Janet Sullivan's hog farm, either a trip to Mark and Sarah Wilxox's or Fordyce's Dairy, Little Sioux Corn Processors and Sand Seeds.
All students had a lunch of hotdogs donated by Tyson Foods, corn chips, cookies and milk donated by Robert's Dairy.
This fifth grade farm tour has been held for over 30 years is a great way for the students to learn about the process that occurs to bring food to their table and fuel in the family car. Also each year Paul Wilkens, safety director of Sand Seeds, teaches the students about farm safety and demonstrates how quickly, in the time it takes to snap your fingers, an accident can occur on the farm. Educating the students that live on the farm and those who might visit the farm, how careful you need to be and how alert you need to stay everyday.
The committee is grateful for the support of the volunteers who have dedicated their time for many years to this project of educating our youth of the county.
Automation at work -
Mark Wilcox of rural Marcus hosted area schools during the fifth grade farm tour held recently. Wilcox explains what part the various buttons and hoses play in his 16 stall milking parlor.
Strong stuff -
Bob Wendt of Little Sioux Corn Processors Ethanol Plant holds a glass of alcohol that is produced during the ethanol making process for the RV fifth graders.
Checking it out -
River Valley fifth grader, Roger Askvig and Tige Dedenius study what's in the glass held by Kaden Orndorff. The county fifth graders were taken through the various processes of making ethanol and shown the feed by-products made from the process.
It goes through here -
Chris Williams of the Little Sioux Corn Processor Ethanol Plant, rural Marcus, points to pipelines that carry product throughout the plant, as interested River Valley fifth graders listen closely during the Cherokee County Agri-Business Committee fifth grade farm tour held recently.
That tickles! -
MMC fifth grader Jenna Jo Block tests out the milking machine with her thumb during the recent fifth grade farm tour. In the background are MMC students Payton Leavitt and Abby Hantsbarger.
Trying it out -
Emily Moser a MMC fifth grader, sticks her thumb in an automatic milker, and experiences what the dairy cow feels during milking.
Mark Wilcox talks to the students.
Ready..., set... -
Marcus- Meriden- Cleghorn fifth graders wait for Mark Wilcox' command to "detach", at which time they needed to push a button on the control panel for the automatic milking machines.
River Valley Rules! -
The River Valley fifth graders took time out from their farm tour to have a group picture taken at the Little Sioux Corn Processors Ethanol Plant. Pictured with the fifth graders and their teachers are Chris Williams and Bob Wendt, who conducted the tour of the plant.
Team Work -
Sometimes you need a little helping hand to get the job done. These MMC fifth graders help each other out at the Wilcox dairy farm, during the fifth grade farm tour.