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Nebraska program gives kids taste of farm life

Friday, April 30, 2010

A program in Nebraska gave kids a closer look at life on the farm.
A program in Nebraska gave kids a closer look at life on the farm.

One way to ensure the growth of rural areas is to make sure young people have the proper education regarding farms and agricultural equipment.

According to Nebraska's Fremont Tribune, hundreds of third-grade students attended a program put on by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extension, which was held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington.

"Students learned about various facets of modern farm life such as the use of Global Positioning Systems and modern farming equipment like the massive John Deere sprayer that most children could walk under without bending over," the paper said.

Programs like A Day on the Farm appear across the country through the efforts of extension offices and 4-H clubs. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a loan program that gives young people access to funds that they can use for agricultural projects.

The USDA has noted that providing opportunities for younger people is a key part of maintaining economies in rural areas. A recent report from the department noted that young people are moving away from remote counties because of the lack of economic opportunity.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19755210-ADNFCR

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