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Farm to Table Day Held for Iowa Fourth Graders

Marshall County Farm Bureau board members, presenters and volunteers greeted approximately 400 Marshalltown fourth grade students to the Marshall County Farm Bureau’s sixth annual Farm to Table day.

The event was held at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds in Marshalltown on Sept 14.

Eight different stations were set up around the fairgrounds where students rotated to learn about Iowa agriculture.

Presenter Brian Pickard, from the Marshall County Cattlemen, told the students all about raising beef cattle and the many products from beef, including the hamburger sandwich they were having for lunch. Eliza and Olivia Smith, 4-H members, showed the students their goats and products. Tom Hemseath and Sara Duncan, representing the Marshall County Pork Producers, told about raising pigs and the many uses of their by-products. Southard Implement supplied a tractor for the students to see, while Rob Shiek spoke on tractor safety.

Margaret Hala and Joanne Barnes told about raising honey bees and their products. The Marshall County Extension presented a program on how to be safe around grain equipment and the grain tug-of-war demonstration. Doug Svendsen, with the Corn Growers Association, told about the many products from corn that are used daily. Jim Mosher brought his sheep and sheep dogs for a demonstration, while sheep producer Betsy Damman explained products that are produced from the sheep. Barb Morton was present with her spinning wheel, demonstrating to the students how the wool from the sheep is spun into blankets and clothing.

The Marshall County Cattlemen grilled hamburgers for the students’ lunch, with the Marshalltown School Food Service program and Marshall County Farm Bureau providing the rest of the meal.

School administrators organized transportation, and many volunteer members of the Marshall County Farm Bureau helped in other ways.