If organizers of this yearâ€™s bi-state observance of National Agriculture Day have their way, youngsters will never look at a pizza the same way.
As part of the 2005 bi-state observance of National Agriculture Day, some 600 school children and educators from across the Kansas City metropolitan area will attend a pizza party, Thursday, March 10, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan.
"Pizza is one of the few foods that combines all four segments of our local agriculture â€“ grain, dairy products, vegetables, and meat," says Diane Olson, Kansas/Missouri Ag Day chairperson. "Local commodity groups will teach the students how the ingredients in pizza come from farms and ranches, and how each is processed and delivered to the grocery store or restaurant."
Students and educators will start the day off rotating through six stations focused on each pizza ingredient â€“ dairy, meat, vegetables, wheat, corn, and soybeans. After students learn about the ingredients, theyâ€™ll gather to eat pizza and ice cream. The celebration will be concluded with magician Rex Getzâ€™s "The Magical World of Agriculture" presentation.
The Kansas/Missouri Ag Day Pizza Party is being held in conjunction with National Ag Day â€“ an annual celebration of the many men and women who provide Americans and others worldwide with food and fiber. While promoting unity on the food and agricultural community, National Ag Day provides an opportunity for the non-farm public to learn more about agriculture and its vital role in our lives.
"The program helps educate millions of consumers each year by sharing how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis," Olson says.
A team of nearly 30 agribusiness professionals from both Kansas and Missouri volunteered to plan and orchestrate the event. They do everything from planning out the dayâ€™s logistics to raising the funds necessary to host the pizza party.
Kansas/Missouri Ag Day Pizza Party sponsors include: Agricultural Hall of Fame, American Royal, Douglas County Farm Bureau, John Deere Agricultural Marketing Center, Johnson County Farm Bureau, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Wheat Commission, Leavenworth County Farm Bureau, Midwest Dairy Council, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri/Kansas National Agri-Marketing Association, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Tonganoxie FFA, and Wyandotte County Farm Bureau.