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Renville County, Minn., youth to get 'hands on' tour of harvest Thursday

OLIVIA -- More than 200 area students will experience farm life during the harvest in Renville County.

The first Renville County harvest field trip on Thursday will include elementary students from the BOLD, Renville County West, Redwood Valley and St. Mary's schools.

The students will enjoy a "hands-on'' tour featuring corn and sugar beet harvesting as well as visits to dairy and sheep farms and a bus tour of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville.

FFA leaders, teachers and members from Renville County's Pro-Ag and Ag and Renewable Energy Committee will join the tour, answer questions and talk about their experiences with farming.

The tour is being hosted by Pro-Ag and the Ag and Renewable Energy Committee to increase the understanding of agriculture and promote agricultural leadership in area youth.