By Jennifer Whitlock
More than 400 fourth grade students from six colleges throughout Tyler County now know extra about the place meals and fiber come from, due to the efforts of Tyler County Farm Bureau (CFB).
In late September, the group hosted its first instructional occasion since COVID-19 cancelled most public occasions and huge gatherings in 2020.
“All six elementary schools participated this year, so we had some really big numbers in attendance. And it was more special than usual because we had to cancel our plans last September, so everyone was kind of excited to get out there again,” Tyler CFB board member Jacob Spivey stated. “It was great to get students from all across our county together again to learn more about agriculture and why it’s so important to their daily lives.”
Ten stations that includes demonstrations on quite a lot of agricultural subjects had been set as much as present the students an immersive expertise. Students discovered about beekeeping, floral preparations and horticulture, dairy farming, wildlife administration, careers within the forestry sector and extra.
Texas Farm Bureau’s cellular studying barn and Southwest Dairy Farmers’ cellular milking barn helped children make connections between what they see on grocery retailer cabinets and the place these merchandise start, Spivey famous.
“We’re a rural county with only about 21,000 residents. We’re about 45 minutes to an hour from any sort of metro area. Although we’re rural, most of our agriculture is timber and forestry related, so traditional agriculture is not as prevalent as other rural areas,” Spivey stated. “What most of our students know about agriculture is maybe they have a home garden or a couple of cows. But when it comes to true agricultural systems and things like row crops or livestock feeding operations or dairy farms, there’s a big lack of knowledge.”
Students had been in a position to contact various kinds of wool, wild recreation pelts and flowers. Spivey famous these tactile expertise stations assist students grasp what agriculture appears to be like like in several settings.
“The kids were really excited about all the different stations we had set up. They loved seeing and touching the milk cow and animal pelts, smelling the flowers and just experiencing all the different things we had available for them,” he stated. “We’re so thankful for the people who put in a lot of work and volunteered their time to make this memorable for them.”
Even rural county Farm Bureaus should proceed to have interaction with youth and different members of their group, he added.
“There are always adults or other people in the stands who tell us they learn things every time we host an Ag Day,” Spivey stated. “Some adults who haven’t been uncovered to agriculture nonetheless assume stuff like, ‘brown cows give chocolate milk’ or, ‘only brown chickens lay brown eggs.’ So, it’s vital that we proceed to have interaction with our group and assist them perceive the reality about agriculture and share what farmers and ranchers know.