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Nebraska Beef in Our School

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What is the program about?  The name explains it all in that since Nebraska is a highly agricultural state the Nebraska Beef Council created a program that would more closely tie agriculture to our schools. Mrs. Kylie Sweeter (FFA Instructor) and I took the "bull by the horns" and collected information on how it works and then sent letters to area producers in late September and got instant response. Within a week we had 2 beef donated and 1 hog . We have other beef waiting in the wings for the future when we need to restock the freezers.  In doing research on this project it looks like a school of our size could use 8-9 beef per year, since we are partway through the year in starting the program we are hopeful to use about 4-5.  It is a great way to support our agricultural community and it is always amazing how much support is out there for our students and schools. This program opens the door to discussing nutrition, agriculture, and economy in our schools.  

In order to kickoff the use of local beef in our lunch program on November 15th the FFA students created the hamburgers and grilled them for our entire school! Ms. Bonita Lederer representing the Nebraska Beef Council spoke to the group and the donors of our beef and hog, Mrs. Karen Niewohner and Grandson Graham, representing JSMM Farms, Mrs. Erin Forre, and Mr. Scott Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Swerczek of Albion Lockers were unable to attend but have been integral in making the program a success.

A big thank you to all those that made the day and introducing the program of Beef in Our School a success.

 

What is the program about?  The name explains it all in that since Nebraska is a highly agricultural state the Nebraska Beef Council created a program that would more closely tie agriculture to our schools. Mrs. Kylie Sweeter (FFA Instructor) and I took the "bull by the horns" and collected information on how it works and then sent letters to area producers in late September and got instant response. Within a week we had 2 beef donated and 1 hog . We have other beef waiting in the wings for the future when we need to restock the freezers.  In doing research on this project it looks like a school of our size could use 8-9 beef per year, since we are partway through the year in starting the program we are hopeful to use about 4-5.  It is a great way to support our agricultural community and it is always amazing how much support is out there for our students and schools. This program opens the door to discussing nutrition, agriculture, and economy in our schools.  

In order to kickoff the use of local beef in our lunch program on November 15th the FFA students created the hamburgers and grilled them for our entire school! Ms. Bonita Lederer representing the Nebraska Beef Council spoke to the group and the donors of our beef and hog, Mrs. Karen Niewohner and Grandson Graham, representing JSMM Farms, Mrs. Erin Forre, and Mr. Scott Nelson, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Swerczek of Albion Lockers were unable to attend but have been integral in making the program a success.

A big thank you to all those that made the day and introducing the program of Beef in Our School a success.