Salina-area advocates for agriculture are making an extra effort to teach young students about farming and ranching, saying that too many of today's youngsters don't know enough about how their food is produced.

The group takes animals, plants and seeds to the classrooms, shares weekly emails and generally works hard to bring knowledge of farming into the classrooms.

"We're gonna lose our industry if we don't educate," says Pete Meagher, a farmer-rancher from eastern Saline County who also teaches woodworking at Salina Central High School.

Meagher trades emails every week with teachers and students in several Salina schools, discussing general farm happenings such as the calving season in the spring and wheat planting in the fall. He visits Schilling Elementary and Oakdale Elementary regularly to familiarize students with agriculture.

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