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Teaching Kids about Agriculture Goes One Step Further

In 2012 the North Carolina Museum of History used the Centennial Mall in downtown Raleigh for a live exhibit of North Carolina agriculture. This year, Marbles Kids Museum, also in downtown Raleigh is taking it one step further explains Charles Hall, CEO of the NC Soybean Producers Association:

“Marbles Kids Museum is opening a new exhibit called ‘On the Farm’. It has a realistic and almost life-sized depiction of some typical agriculture that you might see here in North Carolina.”

Hall describes what will be in the exhibit:

“The grand opening is planned on Saturday June 1 and that will also be attended by the NC Pork Council and NC Soybean Producers Association. We will have some farmers there that families can talk to. There will be a life-size sow and piglets, some laying hens, a dairy cow and milking station, along with some soybean plants the kids can harvest.”

Unlike the crops planted on Centennial Mall, the plants, and of course the animals won’t have to maintained and replaced periodically:

“They are all plush toys for the kids to play with and they are all very safe. The settings that they are in really do look like what you will see on a farm in North Carolina.”

Hall explains that this exhibit is designed to fit in with other ‘occupational’ exhibits at Marbles:

“Marbles does a great job of depicting different professions and activities in a realistic way. But they needed a modern farming exhibit, they had a nostalgic one but didn’t go with the things they had on other occupations.”

Hall explains that the exhibit is not only row crops, but animal ag as well:

“It also stresses NC’s animal agriculture which is now the most valuable part of our ag sector, so it focuses on pork and beef production.”

CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Charles Hall. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.