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Students in Oregon provided agricultural connections

Friday, November 5, 2010

Officials are trying to grow connections between students and farmers.
Officials are trying to grow connections between students and farmers.

Officials in Oregon have made efforts to try and connect students with local farm equipment users, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The news organization said three schools in the state have started their own gardens, which are being supported by grant funds from its Department of Agriculture. That money - $45,000 - will also support field trips to visit area farm equipment users.

Garden activities supply the schools with more nutritional options for their lunch programs and also give students a hands-on experience regarding food.

"That's why I love this class," 11-year-old student Taylor Irwin told the news organization. "I get dirty."

The federal government is also trying to encourage students and adults to get a closer look at how agriculture works in their area. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program provides a number of resources, including a website where people can share stories.

Local farm equipment users may benefit economically from the program, as people in their area are encouraged to purchase their products.

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