By Jennifer Whitlock
Greater than 400 fourth grade college students from six schools throughout Tyler County now know extra about agriculture, As a Outcome of of the efforts of Tyler County Farm Bureau (CFB).
In late September, the group hosted its first instructional event since COVID-19 cancelled most public events And huge gatherings in 2020.
“All six elementary schools participated this yr, so we had some actually huge quantitys in attendance. And it was extra particular than ordinary because We would have appreciated to cancel our plans final September, so everyone was Sort of excited to get On the market as quickly as extra,” Jacob Spivey, Tyler CFB board member, said. “It was good to get college students from all throughout our county collectively as quickly as extra to study extra about agriculture and why it’s so important to their Daily lives.”
Ten stations that consists of demonstrations on Pretty a Little bit of agricultural subjects have been Arrange By way of the Ag Day To current the elementary college students an immersive expertise. Students found about beekeeping, floral preparations and horticulture, dairy farming, wildlife administration, careers Inside the forestry sector and extra.
Texas Farm Bureau’s mobile studying barn and Southwest Dairy Farmers’ mobile milking barn assisted youngsters make connections between what they see on grocery retailer cabinets and the place these merchandise start, Spivey said.
“We’re a rural county with solely about 21,000 residents. We’re about 45 minutes to an hour from any Sort of metro space. Although we’re rural, most of our agriculture is timber and forestry associated, so conventional agriculture Isn’t as prevalent as completely different rural spaces,” he said. “What most of our college students Discover out about agriculture Is in all probability They’ve A house backyard or A pair of cows. However When it Includes true agricultural methods and issues like row crops or livestock feeding operations or dairy farms, there’s An monumental Lack of know-how.”
All through the Ag Day, elementary college students have been In a place To the contact A quantity of Kinds of wool, wild recreation pelts and flowers. Spivey famous these tactile expertise stations assist college students grasp what agriculture appears like In several settings.
“The youngsters have been actually Eager about All of the completely different stations we had Arrange. They liked seeing and contacting the milk cow and animal pelts, smelling the flowers and simply experiencing All of the Numerous issues we had out there for them,” he said. “We’re so grateful for the People who put in A lot Of labor and volunteered their time to make this memorable for them.”
Even rural county Farm Bureaus should proceed To work together with youth and completely different members of their group, he added.
“There are On A daily basis adults or completely different individuals Inside the stands who inform us they study issues Each time we host an Ag Day,” Spivey said. “Some adults who haven’t been uncovered to agriculture nonetheless assume stuff like, ‘brown cows give chocolate milk’ or, ‘solely brown chickens lay brown eggs.’ So, it’s important that we proceed To work together with our group and assist them understand The fact about agriculture and share what farmers and ranchers know.