This spring, over 800 students from 25 schools visited Kansas pig farms from the comfort of their classrooms. Using Zoom, a live video conferencing technology, students were taken inside a pig barn and had the opportunity to talk to a farmer in real time.
In addition to the live session, classrooms also receive supplemental educational materials to encourage additional learning. Pre- and post-event surveys were sent to teachers, and positive shifts in attitude were made in regards to animal welfare, environmental effects of raising animals, and knowledge about pig farming.
Sponsors for the program are The Kansas Corn Commission, The Kansas Soybean Commission, The Pork Checkoff and Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
Four more virtual field trips will be held this fall. To watch recordings of previous field trips, visit YouTube.com/KansasPork.
For information on having your farm participate, contact the KPA office at 785-776-0442.