How important is agriculture? We use it in every aspect of our daily lives. If you aren’t so sure, just ask one of the 466 third and fourth-grade students who attended the 2014 Scioto County Ag Adventures Day.
The event, held each year in early May at the Scioto County Fairgrounds, is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and Scioto County Farm Bureau. The students from six local school districts spent the day rotating through 19 sessions that helped them better understand how agriculture plays a role in their lives.
The sessions ranged from growing hydroponic vegetables, bees and honey, eggs and poultry, to making maple syrup, grains, corn products and much more. Each session was taught by volunteers and professionals from OSU Extension, Farm Bureau, Scioto County Soil and Water, Pike County NRCS, 4-H Teen Leaders and Scioto County Junior Fair Board members.
Event organizer Leanne Fuhrmann said, “This is our 11th Ag Adventures day, and our goal has always been to teach kids about how agriculture is important to their everyday lives. We are thankful to all of the presenters and participating organizations who help us accomplish that goal.”
“We are fortunate to have so many great partners who make this event possible. Without the cooperation of many volunteers and organizations, we would not be able to pull off such a huge event,” said Jo Williams, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. “We also are thankful for all the support we get from the local community to help fund the day’s activities.”
Teacher evaluations following the event show that the kids leave Ag Adventures Day with a greater understanding of Agriculture and its impact.
One teacher said, “All of these stations made my students realize how agriculture affects everyone.”