Michigan Sugar reaches out to youth

Published online: Aug 11, 2017 News

About 100 participants in Michigan Sugar Co.’s Youth Sugarbeet Project recently got a comprehensive lesson on all aspects of sugarbeet farming and processing. It was part of the company’s annual Youth Project Field Day at the Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center July 13.

“Agriculture, especially sugarbeet farming and processing, is an integral part of our local communities, and this effort is one way Michigan Sugar can help educate local residents about the sugar production process, from the field to supermarket shelves,” says Becky Wark, shareholder engagement coordinator for Michigan Sugar. “The Youth Project is a great platform to educate the next generation on current farming and processing practices, while also exposing community members, who may not live on a farm, to agriculture and the sugarbeet industry.”

In recent years, the Youth Sugarbeet Project has evolved alongside Michigan Sugar’s effort to reach out to communities throughout the growing region. The Youth Project is open to all regional students in grades 3 to12 who have an interest in learning more about sugarbeets and agriculture.

The July field day included learning about harvest from Mark Reif of Reif Farms and Keith Kalso, ag operations manager at Michigan Sugar, by viewing a self-propelled harvester and Maus (courtesy of Reif Farms and DHT). Participants also examined sugarbeet leaves with Linda Hanson from Michigan State University and David Pratt, a Michigan Sugar agronomist. The students learned about processing from David Noble, Michigan Sugar’s vice president of operations, and heard from Jay Roszatycki, director of packaging and warehousing.

Source: www.michiganfarmer.com