Third graders win a free trip to dairy farm

Buckeye Farm News

The Ohio Livestock Coalition has announced the winner of a statewide essay contest for third graders in response to the question “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”

Kaitlyn Taylor from Southern Elementary in Racine won the contest. She was selected from 37 essays submitted in the contest’s inaugural year.

Kaitlyn’s entire third-grade class will be taking an all expenses paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm, courtesy of the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Holters Dairy of Pomeroy will host the class of 56 third-graders.

The essay contest is part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s ongoing For Your InFARMation program. The program includes free educational materials for teachers designed to teach Ohio third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

The For Your InFARMation materials support key Ohio academic content standards for social studies, language arts, science and math and can be downloaded free of charge at Through these materials students learn about farmers and the economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, careers in agriculture and more.

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