Fourth Graders Discover Agriculture at Annual Event
April 2012

WARSAW, IN (April 12, 2012) -- Over one thousand fourth-grade students learned about duck development and farming with the help of Maple Leaf Farms on Tuesday and Wednesday. Area schools participated in the 16th Annual Ag Day event, Discovering Agriculture in Kosciusko County, at the county fairgrounds in Warsaw, IN.
During Ag Day, students have the opportunity to visit 12 hands-on educational booths and learn more about beef, ducks, 4-H, soils and water quality, farm machinery, farm safety, dairy, chickens, horticulture, swine, sheep, and crops.
At the Maple Leaf Farms booth, students were introduced to two ducks, one hen and one drake. They received an overview of duck production and watched a video of what takes place at the duck hatchery, including duck embryo development. One lucky student from each class received hands-on instruction on how to candle an egg to determine its fertility.
Staff members also described the biosecurity and disease prevention efforts Maple Leaf Farms takes on the farm to protect the health of its ducks, plus what is used to make duck feed.
On Tuesday, Ag Day continued into the evening with "A Taste of Agriculture in Kosciusko County" for both youth and adults which showcased food products raised in the county. Maple Leaf Farms provided free samples of BBQ duck and duck leg confit to attendees.
The Kosciusko County Ag Day is an annual educational program designed to provide area youth with a hands-on opportunity to learn more about how the food and fiber they consume is produced and the importance of agriculture in the economy. The day's events were sponsored by the Kosciusko County Agriculture Awareness Committee, Farm Bureau, Purdue University Extension Office and Farm Credit Services.

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