Cattle is changing lives—even in the heart of Chicago.

Mark Miles and the Nebraska LEAD group found this out on a trip to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in February, where they met high school students whose lives were made better because of their love for cattle. Seeing how this program was transforming lives, Miles and fellow LEAD-member Bryan Palm, donated six steers to the school, Mitchell Forman reported for the Omaha World-Herald.

This was not Mile’s only contribution though, a fifth-generation farmer who now works on his family farm in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He decided these city kids needed to see what it was like to live life on a farm. He created a program to allow 10 students to visit his 2000-acre, 2,500 head of cattle ranch for a couple of weeks to show student what it’s like to live on the Great Plains and in a farm town, as well as more about how to handle cattle.

“These inner-city kids, they don’t have the resources to learn all about agriculture,” Miles told Forman. “Not only are 10 kids learning about agriculture and where their food comes from, but they can go back and teach their friends and family.”

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