More than 400 third grade students visited Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences Thursday, 3/26/15  to experience Illinois agriculture in celebration of National Agriculture Day. Ag Day honors those farmers who are sustaining future generations by feeding, fueling, and clothing the world.  This annual Ag Day event is sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation.Participating schools include Wadsworth STEM, Mount Greenwood and Sherwood School (all in Chicago) and St. Cletus School (LaGrange), Walker School (Bedford Park), Graves and Walsh Schools (Summit).   

Students learned about some of the top Illinois agriculture commodities and spent two hours rotating through stations focusing on bees, soil, corn, soybeans, horticulture, dairy/beef, pork, embryology and how farmers care for their animals at the “live animal” station.  Presenters included representatives from the University of Illinois Extension, CHAS students, Nutrients for Life, Illinois Pork Producers, the Westside Beeboyz, along volunteers from the Cook County Farm Bureau.   

National Ag Day is celebrated each March as a way to recognize farmers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and countless others across the nation for their contribution to all of what agriculture has to offer.  Our next Ag Day event will take place at Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview on April 23, 2015.