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Farmers Union campers learn about agriculture, cooperation

The United Nations named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. During Davison County's Farmers Union annual day camp, youth learned about our state's number one industry of agriculture as well as the impact cooperatives have on their daily lives.

Developed around the theme, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Cooperation," activities taught youth how cooperatives work and the many different aspects of agriculture in South Dakota. Throughout the day camp, held July 17 at the Central Electric Building in Mitchell, youth participated in interactive activities and hands-on crafts which also taught them about the importance of working together and team building.

"Agriculture and cooperatives play such valuable roles in our rural communities, we developed our camp curriculum to teach youth about the impact they have on their own lives in a fun and interactive way," said Nancy Mueller, Davison County Education Director.

Along with activities, games and singing, each child made a balloon farm bracelet to teach them about the many different aspects of agriculture in South Dakota. Youth also listened to a presentation by Glenda Gerlach, from Santel Communications Cooperative. Each child received a free T-shirt, courtesy of Farmers Union Insurance.

Participants at this year's Davison County Farmers Union camp were: from Mitchell, Caymin, Ireland, and Harbor Blindauer, Jordan, Jacob, and Joseph King, Noah, Micah, Mercy, Gabriel, and Glory Healy, Connor and Paxton Ewing, and Jayli and Rylan Rients; from Mt. Vernon, Brynna and Cassidy Sinkie; from Dimock, Cole and Ashley Carstens, and Naudika Mofle; and from Ethan, Morgan and Cole Hinckley.

Helping at this year's Davison County Farmers Union Camp were: Nancy Mueller, Davison County Education Director; senior youth Jeana and Jackie Nuss from Tripp, Brianna Stoebner from Tripp, and Haley Bialas from Dimock; and South Dakota Farmers Union summer interns Hilary Risner and Anna Ohlwine.