A flood of blue t-shirts flowed through the doors of Prairie Pavilion at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The students wearing them looked around the building at cattle, equipment, and more before finding their seats.

“We’re going to learn where pizza grows today,” Reno County farmer Derek Zongker told the students. “We grow pizza here in Kansas, believe it or not.”

Zongker was referring to a station, which informed students about where the ingredients for a pizza come from. It was one of the many stations dedicated to agricultural learning at Reno County Farm Bureau’s Farm2U Day on Monday.

Farm2U Day brought around 400 third grade students from Hutchinson to the Kansas State Fairgrounds to learn about many aspects of agriculture. Stations run by Reno County farmers, ranchers, FFA members and more included a mobile dairy demonstration, farm technology, sheep shearing, grain logistics, where food comes from and animal husbandry.

“Agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the state,” Zongker said. “We think ag is very important.”

The Reno County Farm Bureau has hosted Farm2U Day for 10 years. This year’s theme was the four Fs of agriculture — food, fiber, fuel and pharmaceuticals. Presenters focused on the numerous products that come from the agriculture industry, as well as what animals, plants and grains are used to create the products.

Reno County Farm Bureau President Cameron Peirce said the group started the event 10 years ago to provide education to local students they were not getting in the classroom.

“We do it here for the Hutchinson district students,” Peirce said. “Most of the smaller towns have FFA chapters that do educational things.”

Haven FFA organizes an annual Farmall Day, and other districts do similar events. Reno County Farm Bureau also goes into the classroom at many schools to talk about agriculture.

Schools at Farm2U day included the Hutchinson and South Hutchinson school districts, along with Holy Cross and Central Christian.

“Even here in rural Kansas, a lot of these students are still disconnected from the farm and from agriculture,” Peirce said.

Farm2U Day also included a workshop for Hutchinson teachers, which provided them with lessons to take back to the classroom.