Field to table consumer night held Three hundred youth from St. Agnes, Vermillion, Wakonda, Beresford, Irene, Gayville and Volin school districts experienced the field to table journey that wheat, oats, corn and soybean crops go through to provide today's consumer with useable products. The two-day event was held at the field test plot owned by Ray Hall of Vermillion.
The school youth were introduced to the equipment farmers use to plant and harvest corn and soybean crops and how the equipment used has changed through the years. The youth were able to experience a "classroom" setting inside the cornfield.
Participants at the Sept. 12 Consumer Night event experienced where the American food supply begins. Educational displays on nitrates, biotechnology, private well contamination, drought and stress resources and various corn and soybean varieties were displayed. New food and industrial uses for each crop were also displayed.
Instructors and sponsors for the field to the table event were SDSU Cooperative Extension Service, South 2 Field Education Unit, Ray Hall, Vermillion Fertilizer, Meckling Fertilizer, First Dakota National Bank, S.D. Corn Growers Association, S.D. Soybean Association and SDSU Southeast Experiment Farm.