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This little piggy went to school – Kindergartners learn what farmers do from Boyer

By Staff | Jan 26, 2008

RINGSTED — Armstrong-Ringsted kindergartners had a pig’s-eye view of where their food comes from when Jim and Lisa Boyer visited their class Friday. The kids in Mary Brandt’s and Diane Mather’s classes heard about farming, received a bag of goodies, and had a visit from a couple very special friends.

The program was part of the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program which brings the farm to school to help kids appreciate where they get their food and the people who bring it to them.

“What do farmers do?” Jim asked. Since there were a lot of farm kids in the class, including the Boyers’ son Kevin, there were some pretty good answers which goes to show that around this neck of the woods, people learn about farming pretty early.

Jim said farmers produce food, fiber, and fuel. The food part is pretty obvious, because people eat what farmers grow. As for fiber, cotton farmers help produce their crops that give us something to wear. And for fuel, farmers produce corn which is used to produce ethanol which helps reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil. And soybeans are used to make biodiesel to help keep trucks on the road.

“Could we get along without farmers?” Boyer asked.

The answer was a resounding “No.”

Just take a pizza for example. Everything on it comes from farmers.

On their farm, the Boyers raise corn, soybeans, and hogs. Besides farming, Jim is very active in Farm Bureau and in the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

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