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Ag Education Day a chance to explore

Slideshow: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota opens the world of agriculture to the eyes of youth.

Kevin Schulz, Editor

June 12, 2024

9 Slides

Children need to be able to explore — and the first Saturday in June, there was plenty of exploration in the world of agriculture.

In an attempt to bring farming to youth’s fingertips, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato hosted a free Ag Education Day. Children and their parents could see, touch and climb on equipment that they may have only seen out their windows as they pass through rural areas.

“Ag Education Day offers a unique opportunity for children and caregivers to explore the fascinating world of agriculture in a fun and educational setting. Through hands-on experiences and engaging exhibits, children and caregivers will gain a deeper appreciation for the hard work and innovation behind our food production from seed to table,” Rob Grover, Ag Education Day committee chair and Grover Farm Trucking LLC of Amboy, says in a press release.

Grover’s company brought a number of trucks from his operation including a tall-side hopper, a grain trailer and an auger feed trailer, among others.

Allowing children and their parents to explore the 3.5 acres of ag equipment and other hands-on experiences opens their eyes to the importance of the vibrant agriculture that grows in southern Minnesota.

In addition to the outside displays and exhibits, the Children’s Museum, which opened in 2015, offers indoor interactive exhibits furthering the learning experience that allows young and old to play and explore. All the while, they have the opportunity to learn while exploring, opening a whole new world.

Explore this slideshow to see some of the activities that educated the youth.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Schulz

Editor, The Farmer

Kevin Schulz joined The Farmer as editor in January of 2023, after spending two years as senior staff writer for Dakota Farmer and Nebraska Farmer magazines. Prior to joining these two magazines, he spent six years in a similar capacity with National Hog Farmer. Prior to joining National Hog Farmer, Schulz spent a long career as the editor of The Land magazine, an agricultural-rural life publication based in Mankato, Minn.

During his tenure at The Land, the publication grew from covering 55 Minnesota counties to encompassing the entire state, as well as 30 counties in northern Iowa. Covering all facets of Minnesota and Iowa agriculture, Schulz was able to stay close to his roots as a southern Minnesota farm boy raised on a corn, soybean and hog finishing farm.

One particular area where he stayed close to his roots is working with the FFA organization.

Covering the FFA programs stayed near and dear to his heart, and he has been recognized for such coverage over the years. He has received the Minnesota FFA Communicator of the Year award, was honored with the Minnesota Honorary FFA Degree in 2014 and inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame in 2018.

Schulz attended South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural journalism. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and now belongs to its alumni organization.

His family continues to live on a southern Minnesota farm near where he grew up. He and his wife, Carol, have raised two daughters: Kristi, a 2014 University of Minnesota graduate who is married to Eric Van Otterloo and teaches at Mankato (Minn.) East High School, and Haley, a 2018 graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is married to John Peake and teaches in Hayward, Wis. 

When not covering the agriculture industry on behalf of The Farmer's readers, Schulz enjoys spending time traveling with family, making it a quest to reach all 50 states — 47 so far — and three countries. He also enjoys reading, music, photography, playing basketball, and enjoying nature and campfires with friends and family.

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