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Students step out of the classroom and on to the farm

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For youngsters who've never had the chance to be up close and personal with farm animals, Thursday was their chance.

Elementary school students toured beef, dairy, hog, and sheep farms.

"The shearing of the sheep was really cool," Clark Elementary School 3rd Grader Jade Susemihl said.

It's something these kids don't see every day. The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce gave local elementary students the chance to see life on the farm.

"I like to show the kids what's going on, what we do out here on the farm because kids are removed from agriculture so far, so fast here," Farmer Mark Loutsch said.

Loutsch said his farm has been a stop on this annual field trip for more than 20 years. He said each year, the youngsters seem more removed from how things work on the farm.

"I think it's best to teach the kids so they can grow up to be a knowledgeable adults that knows the process of what we do," Loutsch said.

They also learned where their food comes from.

"Knowing that you can actually eat the sheep, when they said that, they were like 'no, we just get wool from them.' 'No, we actually can eat the sheep too,' so it's awesome that they can see all the different ways that all the different farm animals are being used," Franklin Elementary School 3rd Grade Teacher Stacy Bunkers said.

Some of the kids were very surprised by how many products use different parts of the sheep.

"Finding out that sheep was in gum was cool," Franklin Elementary School 3rd Grader Kiera Laskie said.

"I was pretty surprised that sheep were in marshmallows," Susemihl said.

"I didn't know that they could make all those different things," Franklin Elementary School 3rd Grader Kyler Frerichf said.

But that's just what Loutsch hopes they learn at the end of the day.

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