There's a lot of talk about expanding educational opportunity for students by offering them a chance to "travel" through virtual education.
In celebration of Ag Month in March, several Kansas ag groups got together to offer fifth graders in three Kansas schools the chance to "visit" a dairy farm and talk to a Kansas dairy producer about life on the farm.
Kansas State Research and Extension made its YouTube channel available for the video to be posted so other students can have a chance to see it.
Students in Norton, Williamsburg and Leon took part in the virtual trip to Steve Strickler's dairy farm near Iola.
Students watched a pre-recorded video tour of the farm and then had a chance to meet Strickler and his herdsman, Harry Clubine, and ask questions.
The dairy industry in Kansas continues to grow and expand. There are more than 300 Kansas farm families who take great care of their animals to provide wholesome, nutritious dairy products. Kansas dairies produce more than 336 million gallons of milk annually.
At the end of their tour, students were treated to milk and cookies, provided by the event sponsors.
Celebrations during Kansas Ag Month highlight the agriculture industry in Kansas and encourage involvement of the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive, happening around the state to help our neighbors in need.
Neighbor to Neighbor partners include Dillon's stores statewide, Kansas Food Bank, Second Harvest and Harvester's. Those interested in making a cash donation may do so in Dillon's stores or online.
Donations made online are directed to the local food distribution organization of the donor's choosing.
KDA encourages the watching and sharing of this virtual farm tour. The embedded video can also be accessed at the K-State Research and Extension YouTube page.