St. Lawrence O’Toole Students Learn About Farming in Illinois

students sort seeds
St. Lawrence O’Toole students sort seeds during a presentation by the Cook County Farm Bureau. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Matteson, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Mrs. DeLaurentis, a representative from the Cook County Farm Bureau, visited the fourth and fifth graders at Lawrence O’Toole School in Matteson on April 15 to present "Ag in the Classroom," an in-school field trip on agriculture and farming in Illinois.  Prior to Mrs. DeLaurentis’s, arrival, students had germinated and planted soybeans, constructed a timeline on the history of the soybean, and set up a display of various products containing soybean.

Students learned many interesting facts about agriculture in Illinois. Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois, and corn and soybeans are the top crops grown here. They also learned how the food we eat gets from the farm to our table, and that approximately one in every four students, as adults, will have an occupation related to agriculture. 

Mrs. DeLaurentis left each student a fortune cookie, which just happens to have soybean as one of its ingredients, the students learned.