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Slice of Ag

Dates: January 17 & 18, 2017

Dairy farmer and dairy cow with schoold children

The Slice of Agriculture program incorporates into the curriculum and learning experiences for fourth-graders: 

  • agricultureCurious piglets
  • conservation
  • environment
  • safety
  • health and
  • nutrition

A highlight of the program is an entertaining field trip that makes the experience of learning about the industry of agriculture inviting, fun and educational. Because a fourth-grader's favorite food is probably pizza, the Slice of Agriculture field trip uses the ingredients of a pizza as the basis for learning about where their food comes from. Soil conservation lecture

On the field trip, students rotate between eight learning stations that demonstrate some element of agriculture. Production agriculture, natural resources and the environment, nutrition, safety and health topics will be presented by a variety of speakers.

Students will be able to see, touch and learn about 

  • what grain farmers grow for the crust,
  • tomatoes for the sauce,
  • the dairy cows that give milk to make the cheese,
  • and even the pigs for pepperoni Bin of corn

There will be large farm equipment and live animals for students to experience. In a unique and entertaining way, visitors to the Slice of Agriculture field trip quickly learn they would not be able to enjoy their favorite food without a farmer. Students also learn about how farmers and ranchers work to protect the environment. 

Slice of Ag Location Students lunch line

The 2017 field trip will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. 

The field trip can be scheduled for a morning or afternoon session that lasts about 2 1/2 hours. In addition to the hands on learning stations, each student will receive a slice of pizza, vegetables, and carton of milk. And, because of generous donors and sponsors who help reduce our costs and reimburse your school's busing charges, the only additional cost to students and teachers will be a $2 per participant fee. 

Register Early!

There are only a limited number of spaces for classes. These will be filled on a first come first served basis. If you would like to participate, please complete and return the following registration form.

Questions? Contact Us Students sitting on floor with hands raised

Gayla Speer, Johnson County Conservation District
913-715-7022, Gayla.Speer@jocogov.org

or Rick Miller, K-State Research and Extension Johnson County
913-715-7010, Rick.Miller@jocogov.org

Sponsors and donors for Slice of Ag include:John Deere Tractor

  • ADM Cares
  • Johnson County Conservation District
  • Johnson County Farm Bureau
  • K-State Research and Extension, Johnson County
  • Overland Park Convention Center
  • SouthWest Dairy Farmers
  • Spring Hill FFA