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Dominic Valente, Daily Herald
Second-grade students learn about eggs, goats and pigs in a hands-on lesson at Harward Farms in Springville on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Students from around Utah County congregated at Harward Farms to learn about food, animals, nutrition and where our food comes from.

SPRINGVILLE — A group of Utah County second-graders learned Wednesday it is not simply the supermarket up the street that provides fresh eggs for breakfast or hot dogs and hamburgers at family cookouts.

The annual Farm Field Days put on by the Utah Farm Bureau and held in various locations throughout the state showcased Harward Farms in Springville in a three-day event that concludes Friday.

The guest stars, of course, are all manner of livestock, from pigs and goats to chickens and sheep.

Those sheep had a "hair cut," as ranchers demonstrated sheep shearing at Wednesday's event, which also included a visit by several Utah County lawmakers.

As the Wasatch Front becomes increasingly urbanized, farmers, ranchers and Utah agriculture are coming under constant pressure to maximize production per acre, increase efficiencies in water use and to hang onto agricultural land prime for development.

Farm Field Days serves as one way the Utah Farm Bureau helps to showcase the connection between agriculture, Utah and its residents.

Other Farm Field Days are scheduled in Uintah, Sevier, Salt Lake, Beaver and Iron counties in a program called "Agriculture in the Classroom," in partnership with the Utah State University Extension Service.

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