NEOSHO – On May 3, more than 650 fourth grade students from Dodge County will experience farm life firsthand at the 34th Farm-City Day on the Paul and Rita Sigrist and Chris and Brenda Conley family farm near Neosho. Busloads of children will descend on the farm from 8:30 a.m. throughout the day.

Paul and Rita Sigrist and Chris and Brenda Conley, along with their daughters Mckayla and Paige, own and operate Sigrist Hills Farm/High Gem Holsteins. They milk a 60-cow dairy herd and have another 60 young stock.

They have more than 174 acres and raise corn, hay and oats.

This event began with the purpose of creating a project that would promote better understanding between rural and non-rural communities.

The project decided upon was Farm-City Day, where school children are invited to visit a working farm, thus giving them a better understanding of what farming and agriculture is like.

This event is sponsored by Dodge County Farm Bureau/Farm Bureau Women, Dodge County Dairy Promotion Committee, Dodge County Pork Producers, Rock River Chapter of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, Dodge County Dairy Youth Advisory Committee, Dodge County 4-H Leader’s Association and Dodge County UW-Extension.

The students will see displays and demonstrations on dairy farming, crops, farm economics, nutrition and more.

Cows, sheep, chickens, goats and dogs will be among the farm animals rounded up for the students to learn about. The experience is geared toward fourth graders because they study Wisconsin agriculture in the classroom.

By visiting a real farm, the children get a better idea of what farm life is really like and learn to appreciate the many facets of agriculture.

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