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Welcome to Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County’s Virtual Agricultural Literacy Festival. The Lancaster County Ag Festival is typically held in person each spring, partnering with local schools to reach 4th grade youth. For more information about the Ag Literacy Festival or to schedule a question and answer session, contact Extension Assistant Calvin DeVries at calvin.devries@unl.edu or 402-441-7180.

Thanks to Our Partners!

Nebraska Extension logo
Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom logo
Southeast Community College and John Deer Tech logos

Classic Dairy Inc.

4-H emblem

Thanks also to Lancaster County farmers Paula Peterson and Harry Muhlbach, as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Video Lessons

The animal videos here were reviewed and approved by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Pigs (Swine)

Calvin DeVries, 4-H Extension Assistant at Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, provides an overview of the swine industry while teaching ag literacy using examples on a farm (6 min. 56 sec.).

Beef Cattle

Lancaster County farmer Paula Peterson provides an overview of the beef industry while teaching ag literacy using examples on her farm. Note: this video shows a calf being born (at 1 min. 35 sec.) (total 8 min. 13 sec.).

Horse

Kate Pulec, 4-H Extension Assistant at Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, provides an overview of the horse industry while teaching ag literacy using examples at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science Complex (11 min. 49 sec.).

Sheep

Calvin DeVries, 4-H Extension Assistant at Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, provides an overview of the sheep industry while teaching ag literacy using examples on a farm (4 min. 59 sec.).

Poultry

Cole Meador, 4-H Extension Educator at Nebraska Extension in Saunders County, provides an overview of the poultry industry while teaching ag literacy using examples on a farm (19 min. 6 sec.).

Dairy Cattle

Brooke Engelman, from Classic Dairy Inc. in Jansen, Neb. provides of an overview of the Dairy industry including milking procedures, nutrition, and recycling methods of water on their farm (4 min. 59 sec.).

Corn & Soybeans

Melissa Bartels, Cropping Systems Educator at Nebraska Extension in Butler and Polk Counties, provides an overview of Nebraska's main two crop industries: corn and soybeans. This lesson highlights these two crops, while also taking a deeper look into the history of how these industries have evolved over time (12 min. 7 sec.).

Corn

Hannah Hosick, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Education Specialist, provides an overview of corn’s growing seasons, equipment used and corn use/by-products (4 min. 27 sec.).

Ag Careers

Brooke Tempel, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Education Specialist, provides an overview of many different agricultural careers, while relating each to specific agricultural industries (10 min. 1 sec.).

Ag Technology

Doug Reznicek, John Deere Tech Program Instructor, provides an overview of this agricultural industry while touring the facilities of Southeast Community College’s John Deere Tech program in Milford, Neb. (10 min. 42 sec.).

I can’t believe that a dairy cow drinks 30 gallons of water a day!

Malcolm Public Schools 4th grader participating in the Virtual Ag Festival in 2021