A single bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of soda.

Soybeans are used in products like oils, soaps, cosmetics, plastics, inks, animal feed and biodiesel fuel.

One cow hide produces 144 baseballs.

These are just some of the facts 1,100 area third-graders learned during the Ag Literacy Festival this week at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington. The festival is hosted by the Nebraska Extension.

The Ag Literacy Festival strives to increase participants' confidence in the food system. Since its inception in 2000, more than 11,600 third-graders from Burt, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Saunders and Washington counties have attended the annual program.

“By providing agriculture education, Nebraska Extension strives to increase youths' knowledge of our food system that includes production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management and help them develop a better understanding, confident attitudes an interests regarding the food system,” event organizer and Nebraska Extension Educator Tracy Behnken said. “As a result, youth will be better informed about the role agriculture plays in the state and local economy as well as in their daily lives.”

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