Fourth graders get a close look at agriculture

By Mandy Underwood

The Wabash County Fairgrounds were busy on Tuesday, Oct. 1, as fourth graders from all public schools in Wabash County visited Ag Day.

During the event, the students went from station to station learning about agriculture and how it affects every day lives.

There were stations set up all around the fairgrounds including lessons on DNA testing, education about farm machinery, and live animals that the students were able to learn about and pet.

The students spent about ten minutes at each one, being released by president of Wabash County Farm Bureau President Mark York over the speaker system.

York took a break from passing out water bottles to the volunteer presenters to talk with The Paper of Wabash County about the importance of Ag Day.

“Us and Purdue Extension are responsible for putting this on every year. Then it is followed up in the spring with what we call ‘Ag in the Classroom’,” he said.

“During that, we review the stations that they are going through right now and, believe it or not, they get about 100 percent retention. Even after three or four months and Christmas and Thanksgiving, they still remember this stuff, which never ceases to impress me.”

York hopes that Ag Day provides the students with knowledge about agriculture and where their food and products come from.

“Unfortunately, a lot of kids don’t actually know where their food comes from, so this is a broad stroke of everything from bees to cows to pigs to horses. They even go to a pizza station and learn where all of the ingredients come from,” said York.

The stations also touch on the economic impacts of agriculture in Wabash County to show the students all aspects of the industry.

Northfield freshman, Karson Pratt was volunteering during the day to teach the students about pigs and the role they play in the agriculture field.

“The kids seem like they like [Ag Day], they are asking some really good questions,” said Pratt. “We hope this day gets some kids interested in agriculture and especially 4-H because that is an experience that I think kids need.”

The kids were all attentive and interested with hands raised to answer and ask questions at each station.

“We sure do appreciate the schools for allowing their kids to come out here,” York told The Paper.

“We only get two days a year with these kids and so we appreciate that the kids are allowed to come out here and learn about what we do on the farm as farmers. We take a lot of pride in what we do. I think that is reflected in the kids and how they receive these stations.”

Posted on 2019 Oct 08