The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council is teaming up with corn mazes across the state to expand education efforts beyond the classroom and showcase the importance of Missouri's corn production.
Entering its second season, the Missouri Corn fall promotion builds on last year's successful campaign in which weatherproof stop signs were featured in 25 corn mazes across the state. The 2011 maze materials continue the theme with yield signs answering some of the most common questions about field corn. Partnering mazes also received a free Many Uses of Corn poster and Corn in the Classroom education materials for visiting teachers.
"We want to help the next generation explore agriculture," said Missouri Corn Outreach Coordinator Hilary Holeman. "The goal of Missouri Corn's educational efforts is to help today's children better understand the relationship between our nation's top crop and its impact on our daily lives."
Taking it one step further, three corn mazes were selected to participate in a pilot program featuring a series of oversized displays highlighting the top uses for Missouri corn: feed, fuel and exports. The interactive exhibits invite visitors to post pictures to the Missouri Corn Facebook page for a chance to win $50 in free fuel. The three mazes participating in this Missouri Corn pilot program are:
Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Jefferson City
Liberty Corn Maze, Liberty
Beggs Family Farm near Sikeston
"Our partnership with Missouri corn mazes is an extension of our classroom education and allows visitors to not only learn about corn, but experience it firsthand," Holeman said. "It provides the perfect opportunity to talk about corn as families and students are walking through the fields and enjoying these popular agritourism venues."
A list of participating mazes, examples of corn maze materials and all Corn in the Classroom resources are available free of charge on the Missouri Corn website under the education tab or by calling (800) 827-4181.
The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council was formed in 1984 with the passage of a corn checkoff and is dedicated to market development, research and education. To learn more about Missouri's corn industry, visit www.mocorn.org.
Source: Missouri Corn Merchandising Council