LINCOLN – Agriculture is the number one industry in Nebraska, yet many elementary school students don’t know where their food comes from or how it’s produced. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s (NDA) Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC) works to educate youth about agriculture.  This week, NAYC members will host the annual Urban Youth Farm Tour enabling elementary age students from Lincoln the opportunity to visit area farms for the day to experience agriculture up close and learn from those who know it best—working farmers and ranchers.
The tour will take place on Friday, April 15. The NAYC members will be joined by nearly 250 elementary students and their teachers from Prescott, Fredstrom, Hartley and Riley Elementary Schools in Lincoln as they visit operating beef, dairy and grain farms near Wahoo.  Students will also learn about sheep, pigs and goats during the tour.
“For many of these students, this will be their first trip to a farm,” said NDA Director Greg Ibach. “These tours will give students a chance to learn more about agriculture and how it impacts all of our lives.  We need students to understand where their food comes from and how it’s produced.”
The Nebraska Corn Board is sponsoring the transportation costs for the students to attend.
The NAYC consists of 23 college-age men and women who have been selected by NDA to promote agriculture to youth. Council members are chosen based on their enthusiasm, interest and leadership in agriculture. This year, the NAYC is celebrating its 45th anniversary of promoting agriculture to Nebraska youth, from preschoolers to high school students.