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An Ag lesson for city students

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

For the 13th year, Ohio State’s College for Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted Columbus area 4th and 5th graders to learn about Ohio’s #1 industry during the Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day. Over 650 students were in attendance.

This year’s sessions ranged from microbiology and biotechnology to food nutrition and quality control. Sessions were taught by Ohio State faculty and staff, commodity leaders, student organizations, and Ohio State students who share a passion for both agriculture and service.

New to the event this year was an opportunity for every student to put together “kid packs,” including fruits, vegetables and more. These foods were put into bags designed by the students and donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to help feed kids in need.

The goal for this service-based learning opportunity is to inspire students to create their own hunger-fighting campaigns in their respective communities, said Dustin Homan, Scarlet and Gray Ag Day committee member.

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