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Douglas County Ag In the Classroom teaches students how many farmers are needed for hamburgers

Pictured is Dawson Crist, Atwood with the giant hamburger from the Ag in the Classroom lesson.

Hamburgers are a great option for a tasty dinner. A hamburger requires many farmers who grew the ingredients. A rancher raised the beef cattle, a dairy farmer ensures we have milk to make cheese, wheat farmers provide the flour for buns, and vegetable producers contribute tomatoes for ketchup, cucumbers for pickles, onions, and lettuce.

Hamburgers can be a healthy choice. Ground beef is high in protein, zinc, and iron. Choose lower-fat ground beef to reduce the fat content. Swap out white hamburger buns for whole wheat. Whole wheat buns have more fiber and nutrients than white buns. Add fresh spinach, onions, and tomatoes to increase the nutrients and flavor.

Total beef production in the United States is over 27 billion pounds. The U.S. supplies 25% of the world’s beef with 10% of the world’s cattle. The average person in the United States consumes about 55 pounds of beef each year.

Younger students made a hamburger craft. Other students played a tournament of the game “Spot It” based on agriculture. A copy of the game was left with each of these classrooms to play in their free time. Upper-level students learned about iron rich beef and did an experiment to extract and find the fortified iron in breakfast cereal.

Douglas County Ag in the Classroom is supported by the Douglas County Farm Bureau, Douglas County Ag Service Agency, and Illinois Ag in the Classroom.

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