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Burrton Students Get Hands-On Experience With Wheat

Posted 2/1/2018

By Jared JanzenCAROLE Schlender with the Harvey County Farm Bureau shows Burrton kindergartners the beards of a piece of wheat. CAROLE Schlender with the Harvey County Farm Bureau shows Burrton kindergartners the beards of a piece of wheat.

BURRTON—Kansas celebrated its 157th birthday on Monday this week, and in honor of that special day, representatives from the Harvey County Farm Bureau spent several days traveling to five elementary schools in the county to teach students about one of Kansas’s greatest products: wheat.

Margaret Goering and Carole Schlender were at Burrton Elementary School on Tuesday giving students a hands-on learning experience about wheat. Goering is the president of the farm bureau board of directors and Schlender is the county coordinator.

“Lots of things are made with wheat,” Goering told the students. “It’s very important.”

Students were excited to hear that some of their some of their favorite foods like cereal, pizza, hamburger buns, cookies and cake are all made with flour that comes from wheat.

Schlender and Goering told students that Kansas is one of the top producers of wheat in the country, which is why it gets its nickname as the Wheat State.

They then split the classes into groups for the hands-on portion.

Schlender showed students the different parts of a wheat plant. Each student got to pull a kernel out of the head by the beard.

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