'Pizza ranch' connects kids, farms

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LITTLE ROCK - Central Arkansas fourth-graders will be getting a firsthand look at where their pizza comes from before it arrives at the door in a cardboard box, during a unique educational event called "pizza ranch."

"The Southwest Dairy Farmers Pizza Ranch of Arkansas is designed to show students about the many food products used to make pizzas and the fact that these products come from farms and ranches in Arkansas," said Steve Jones, associate professor-livestock, for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "They’ll learn how the ingredients are raised or grown, their nutritional value, how they turn into pizza."

The lesson will have a little positive reinforcement with a pizza, milk and ice cream lunch.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, with support from the dairy farm families of Arkansas, Coleman’s Dairy, Arkansas State Fair, Arkansas Beef Council, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Southwest Dairy Farmers and the local Domino’s Pizza will sponsor this event.

The pizza ranch will be held May 11-12 at Barton Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds in Little Rock, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.

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