The "Field to Table" learning experience started in September of 2001 when Mr. Ray Hall, a local farmer from Burbank, SD, opened his fields to students so they could learn about corn and soybean production. Mr. Hall retired in 2006 and in 2008, Greg and Tara Pirak, owners of Valley Ag Supply in Gayville, SD decided to continue the program. This program provides a hands-on educational opportunity to local youth. The in-field classroom allows students a first hand look at local crops as they grow in the field. It's a wonderful opportunity for our youth to learn about the operation of a farm, how local commodities are grown, and how these crops are used in our everyday lives. In addition, we have applied the South Dakota Educational Standards to our in-the- field program! This year we had seven stations for the elementary students: Corn Growth and Development, Soybean Growth and Development, Soils & Small Grains, Dairy, Livestock, and Machinery, and Plant Nutrition.
New this year!
We hosted a middle school program! This was also aligned to the South Dakota Education Standards. Stations included were the following: Corn Growth & Development, Soybean Growth & Development, Soils, Dairy/Livestock, Machinery, Finance and Genetics & Biotechnology.
Total attendance this year was 610 students from 12 different schools!
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