Lunch & Learn
The Ag Sack Lunch Program provides 4th graders the opportunity to learn about different aspects of agriculture, from crops and livestock to the food industry. The program also provides students with a sack lunch that consists of all the foods that are made from ag products grown right here in Nebraska! With one out of every three jobs in the state dependent on agriculture and agribusiness, we feel that it is important to share with our youth the significant role agriculture plays in their everyday life. The Ag Sack Lunch Program is designed to educate Nebraska fourth-graders on the important role agriculture plays in the state’s economy, from a past, present, and future perspective. The program takes advantage of the fact that over 20,000 fourth-graders visit the State Capitol Building in Lincoln each year as part of their curriculum.
The program includes a sack lunch featuring nutritious food produced in Nebraska, a 25-minute presentation by Ag Ambassadors, who are trained UNL students, on the vital role agriculture, plays in the state’s economy, and a fact-filled card game designed for students to take home and play with their families. The presentations tell students that one in three jobs in Nebraska has some connection to agriculture, including a variety of support industries such as equipment manufacturing and sales, building construction, transportation, and food retailers. Of these jobs, only about 10% are traditional farmers.
The program has received positive comments from teachers, students, and parents.