Videos aim to give fair experience to students

In order to give third-grade students the opportunity to experience a taste of what they would have seen and heard at the 2020 St. Joseph County Grange Fair, MSU Extension staff and volunteers have produced a virtual version of the “Ag-Citing” tour.

Although references are made to a few crops grown primarily in southwest Michigan, the majority of the content is widely applicable to youth and adults throughout Michigan and the Midwest who want to learn more about how farmers raise animals and crops, and where their food comes from.

Videos are available at no cost on a YouTube playlist, where closed captioning is also available. The main video, just under an hour in length, introduces the major livestock species and types of crops grown for food and feed. Along with the main video, there are several short bonus features on topics including turning wool into clothing, taking a tour of a dairy farm, horses and horse care, and antique tractors.

There is a virtual 4-H showcase where several young people show their animals like they would at a fair. There also are two versions of a video describing how various animals are born or hatched—a shorter version and a longer one showing actual scenes of live births.

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