Corn, soybeans, cows and pork obtained the wheels turning contained in the minds of TCU Lonsdale third-graders Friday due to “Farmer Kevin.”
Nerstrand Farmer Kevin Estrem visits TCU Lonsdale Elementary on a yearly foundation to coach children about agriculture. He is provided his presentation for the previous 15 years to 23 totally different colleges, however he just lately minimize right down to 18. Nevertheless, Estrem made positive to maintain TCU Lonsdale on his record.
“I am not a instructor, I am a farmer,” Estrem informed the third-graders. “And I like to farm as a result of farmers do good issues for you.”
An assortment of meals and different objects assisted in Estrem’s lesson on the function of agriculture within the manufacturing business. From corn to soy to meats, he defined a variety of advantages shoppers purchase from farmers’ work.
Estrem invited the third-graders to call as many “corn” merchandise as attainable. The youngsters listed cornmeal, cornflower, corn syrup, cornstarch, and popcorn, and Estrem knowledgeable them of some unlikely non-edible corn merchandise. He informed the scholars bubble wrap is made with cornstarch so it deteriorates over time, and the identical idea is utilized to plastic water bottles, which include an expiration date as a result of cornstarch blended within the plastic. Corn additionally produces the ethanol in automotive fuel, so Estrem inspired the youngsters to share that info with their dad and mom the following time they go to a fuel station.
To reap the corn, Estrem defined the method of planting rows of corn and mixing them.
Soy is one other subject Estrem lined in his presentation. Like corn, Estrem defined the methods soy advantages shoppers. College students knew soybeans produce tofu, soy milk and soy sauce. Estrem stated protein bars include about 86 % soybeans, and cooking spray additionally comes from soybean oil. Soy candles, even the wicks, come from soybeans. As a result of peanut allergy symptoms have an effect on various folks, Estrem stated he is a fan of utilizing soybeans as a substitute.
Estrem confirmed the youngsters a bottle of mayonnaise he left in his automotive through the hotter months. The soybean oil and egg white heated up and separated, so the youngsters simply considered the excessive content material of soybean oil within the product. Estrem defined that the excessive content material of soybean oil does not make mayonnaise dangerous as a result of folks sometimes solely eat it in small quantities.
“What kind of meat will we get out of a cow?” and “What will we eat from a pig?” had been questions Estrem requested the third-graders when he shifted the dialogue to meats.
Beef and steak come from a cow and make their approach from the farm to to the kitchen desk, however Estrem stated even the non-edible elements of a cow do not go to waste. He stated the pores and skin of the cow produces rugs and carpets and in addition creates leather-based for notebooks, wallets, and coats. The bones would possibly grow to be silverware, flutes, drums or pet meals. He stated cow bones include calcium for pets.
As a member of the Minnesota Pork Board, Estrem informed the scholars his favourite animal is a pig. Along with offering shoppers with pork chops, bacon, ham, ribs, sausage and pepperoni, he stated pigs assist produce cosmetics. Estrem listed hand lotions, lip balm, moisturizers and vaseline as a few of the merchandise derived from pig fats.
A narrative from Estrem’s youth illustrated a approach pig pores and skin saves lives. At age 15, Estrem stated he was severely burned from the waist to the highest of his head and misplaced pores and skin. He spent 45 days in intensive care and two and a half years within the hospital afterward. Whereas he stated the “cease, drop, and roll,” approach saved him, he is additionally right here right this moment as a result of the medical doctors used pig pores and skin for his pores and skin grafting surgical procedure.
To wrap up his presentation, Estrem gave every pupil a present bag containing a pencil made out of soybeans and one other made out of pork, a coloring guide and crayons produced from soybeans, erasers and pamphlets containing further details about agriculture. The scholars shouted a hearty “thanks” to their visitor speaker earlier than returning to their lecture rooms.
Reporter Misty Schwab may be reached at 507-744-2551. Comply with her on Twitter @APGmisty.
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