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Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab
Rolls onto City Island; Hosts Science Experiment
with Area Middle School Students

For Immediate Release:  May 31, 2012

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Students and teachers from Central Dauphin East Middle School take part in the experiment "It Comes From Where?" during their visit inside Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab during Education Day with the Harrisburg Senators. The school was selected by the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation to take part in the event, which also included free admission to the baseball game as part of Education Day with the Harrisburg Senators and a free lunch courtesy of Lazy Hog Farm.

(Harrisburg)An eighth grade science class from Central Dauphin East Middle School participated in an experiment today inside the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation’s Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab on City Island in Harrisburg.  Mrs. Tara Kerr’s class was selected to take part in the “It Comes from Where?” experiment hosted by the Friends of Agriculture Foundation, which is a charitable organization supported by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB).

The experiment, which helped kick-off Education Day with the Harrisburg Senators, showed students where different cuts of beef and pork come from on a cow and a pig.

“Experiments like this help educate students about various aspects of farming and food production.  With fewer children and their parents having a direct connection with agriculture, we think it’s critically important for them to learn about many aspects of farming, including what it takes to bring food from the farm to the table,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer, who also serves as Chairman of thePennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.

Following the experiment inside the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, the middle school students were escorted inside Metro Bank Park, where the Harrisburg Senators treated them to a free baseball game, while Lazy Hog Farm provided the students with a free lunch.  In addition, the Pennsylvania Beef Council was a major sponsor of the event, providing transportation for the students, background materials and covering other costs associated with the visit.

The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation operates six mobile agriculture education science labs in Pennsylvania.  The labs reached more than 98,000 students in the 2011-2012 school year and more than 556,000 students since the first Ag Lab rolled into school parking lots back in 2003.

The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation was created by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in 1986 to help educate and inform the public about food, fiber and critical issues impacting agriculture.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 53,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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