Students can take ‘stock’ in education event

August 26, 2018

WISNER — Around 500 students from 15 area schools spent Thursday at Wisner River Park learning about agriculture, specifically about corn.

The two-day event, which concluded Thursday, marked the second annual Growing Potential Ag Festival for fifth-graders from Northeast Nebraska.

Learning stations set up throughout the park gave hands-on opportunities for youngsters to learn about ag careers, livestock, land stewardship, planting and harvesting, and other ways in which corn is utilized in everyday life.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and the Northeast Corn Growers Association. On hand were program organizers: Corn Growers officers Taylor Nelson, Mitchell Schweers and Travis Nelson, and Courtney Schaardt, Director of Outreach Education for the Foundation.

The four found the students enjoying the two days, which Nelson described as “engaging and interactive.”

Leading the activities and presentations were industry experts who volunteered their time, Nelson said.

Last year’s ag festival was held at Jackson.