Ag Sack Lunch Program goes statewide with new virtual, in-person options

The popular Ag Sack Lunch Program is returning for its 12th year in 2021-2022 and expanding its offerings to include both in-person and virtual presentations designed to increase agricultural awareness among Nebraska fourth graders and their families.

“Last year, our program started offering virtual presentations to schools that could not travel to Lincoln for a field trip because of COVID-19,” Ag Sack Lunch Program coordinator Karen Brokaw said. “Response from the virtual presentations was very positive, and student engagement remained strong. Virtual presentations provide us with a great way to expand the program statewide, allowing us to reach students from schools that do not travel to Lincoln."

Since the program began during the 2010-2011 school year, more than 49,134 students have participated.

“Over the last 11 years, the Ag Sack Lunch Program has been successful in helping our fourth-graders understand where their food comes from,” Nebraska Soybean Board Executive Director Scott Ritzman said. “Participating teachers continue to tell us their students learn so much from the presentations.”

The in-person program provides a free lunch and an ag-focused learning experience to fourth graders who come to Lincoln to tour the State Capitol as part of their educational curriculum. While they eat, students hear a presentation about the important role agriculture plays in Nebraska’s economy, as well as the crops and livestock species that are raised in the state.

The sack lunches consist of Nebraska-produced food items to help students appreciate where their food comes from. They also receive a deck of cards containing ag facts including the games “Crazy Soybean” and “Old Corn Maid” to take home to play with their families and friends.

The virtual option includes the same lively presentation on the importance of agriculture in Nebraska, connecting the food we eat every day with Nebraska farmers. Students also receive the fact-filled card games.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Soybean Board, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Beef Council, Midwest Dairy, Nebraska Poultry Industries and Nebraska Wheat Board.

Register your class

Registrations for the Ag Sack Lunch Program are being accepted for fall and spring presentations for both virtual or in-person State Capitol visits. Register your class early to ensure availability.

Reservations for the program can be made online at For more information, call Karen Brokaw at 1-(402)-432-2299.