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A Growing Interest: Area Fourth Grade Students to Visit a Wisconsin Soybean Farm


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A Growing Interest: Area Fourth Grade Students to Visit a Wisconsin Soybean Farm
 
 
Madison, WI, May 8, 2014—A farm-to-table soybean lesson is moving some area students out of their urban classroom and into the field on May 19.  That’s when fourth graders from Holy Family Parish School, part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will get a firsthand look at how their food is grown. Thanks to a Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board initiative, urban-rural partnerships are educating urban children about where their food comes from. To enhance their plant and agriculture studies, the class will visit the Sharon, WI, soybean farm of Mike Cerny, president of the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.

Recently, the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board provided fourth grade classes in Wisconsin with copies of the book, Coolbean the Soybean by Shawn Conley, Ph.D., with Judy Mannes and Marcia Rehns. The book captured the imagination of fourth grade teacher Trinette Stillman at Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay.

Stillman saw the possibilities for an agricultural topic that could illustrate plant characteristics and life cycles for her students. “The book [Coolbean the Soybean] was very well written and covered many of the standards,” she says. “Then I went online and reviewed the videos and materials that are made available.  Again, I was excited about the depth of the material and the way it reached out to a younger audience.  Lastly, I like to teach the students about everyday items that they take for granted, and soybeans definitely fall within this category.”

The Holy Family Parish School fourth graders already have questions to be answered during their trip to the farm. Among other topics, they’re curious to learn how much nitrogen soybeans produce, and how soybeans are harvested. Bob Karls, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, will be on hand to greet students at the farm. As part of the outreach program, he will provide snacks of soymilk, soy cookies and soy nuts to bring alive their lesson about the way Wisconsin soybeans are grown, harvested and enjoyed.

For details about classroom materials to increase agricultural literary, and information about Wisconsin-grown soybeans and their uses, visit the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board website at www.wisoybean.org.
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The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.