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Tractors into Schools 27 Jan

The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) and National Farmers Union (NFU) are working together on the project to educate children on farming and food - and where it all comes from.

More than 50 farmers are set to take part in the scheme, which runs from Monday 29 February until Friday 4 March. During the week, farmers will team up with local schools to talk about what they do and inspire the next generation of farmers.

Chairman of Lincolnshire Agricultural Society's Education Committee, Steve Ward, is hoping to build links with local schools to educate the next generation on where food comes from and how important farming is in taking care of the countryside. He said: "We know that farmers and growers around the country already have good links to their local schools, so we want to build on this and make a real difference in primary schools.

"Seeing a tractor and hearing first-hand about food, farming and the environmental work that we do on our farms is a great learning tool for children. NFU and LAS will work together to encourage better links and better understanding over the coming years."

Rosie Crust, Education and Development Officer at the Lincolnshire Showground, said: "This is such a great opportunity for our Lincolnshire school children to develop their knowledge and understanding of food and farming.

"These young people are our next generation of consumers, so raising their awareness of where their food comes from is absolutely vital. We're so pleased with the number of Lincolnshire farmers who are joining in with this initiative and hope that this will continue in future years."

LAS and NFU are hoping that the first year of the project will welcome at least 50 farmers on board to build links with schools across the county.

Keep up to date on Twitter, Instagram @showglincs and Facebook - get involved using the hashtag #TractorsIntoSchoolsLincs!

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