Farm day teaches area students about agriculture
Thursday, Sep 25 2008, 8:07 pm
By Rick Longley/Staff Writer
Fourth graders from across Glenn County descended 500 strong Wednesday on the Glenn County Fairgrounds to learn first hand about agriculture.
They came to the 13th annual Farm Day put on by the Glenn County Farm Bureau in an effort to show young students the impacts agriculture has on their daily lives.
Event coordinator Shannon Douglass, of the Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program, said this was the biggest day they have had with close to 500 children coming for the tour from almost every school in the county.
The students visited various lecture sites where they heard about farming and ranching conservation techniques, dairies, food groups, and also got to pet some livestock in a petting zoo.
Educating youth about agriculture is something that is critical for our industry. Many of the groups that would like to see all of us out of business have very aggressive programs that target kids and deliberately try to feed them full of misinformation. Getting involved with programs like these are just one more opportunity that we have to benefit agriculture.