Ag Awareness Festival Exposes Kids to State's #1 Industry

Ag Awareness Festival Exposes Kids to State's #1 Industry

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Cows, horses and goats - they are farm animals some Lincoln kids have never seen. But Wednesday, they got a chance.

Hundreds of local fourth graders showed up for the 13th Annual Ag Awareness Festival at the Lancaster Event Center. The event is sponsored by the Agricultural Awareness Coalition of Nebraska.

UNL extension staff helped organize the event and say the goal is to teach kids, especially those who live in urban areas, about the state's greatest resource. Kids traveled to 10 different stations, learning about where food comes from and how agriculture plays a role in their daily lives.

"Ag is Nebraska's number one industry," said Cole Meador, UNL Extension Assistant. "It's important to reach these youth at a young age to help them understand ag is vital to our survival.

The festival continues through Thursday with more than 500 kids expected to attend over two days.