Ag Day educates and entertains (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:43 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Ag Day educates and entertains

Ag day kicked off on a warm Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4, with the L-S FFA Chapter giving fifth graders an opportunity to experience a taste of the farm in the high school parking lot.

Approximately 40 FFA members led stations that were set up with farm-related topics to educate the students. The fifth graders were split into groups of three with one FFA member who led them from station to station. Stations provided education and stressed the importance of safety and operation among horses (Taylor Maasdam, Mariah and Meleisha Vos, Mary Kate Shaver); cattle (McKinley Conover, Ty Breeden); small animals (Tessa Van Maanen, Emily Van Gorp); sheep/goats (Haley Breeden, Kiley Essen, Corbin James, Rylan James); hogs (Mason Dunsbergen); dogs (Christine Nikkel, Payton Van Wyk, Kodie Waggoner); grain (Dane Fuchs, Clay Roorda, Blaize Kuhlmann); ATVs (Brett Maasdam, Garrett Cordes, Malachi Foster); chainsaws; Power Take-Off shaft (PTO: Garret Cross, Kole Kinion, Holden Jansen); and semis (Daphne and Dalton Hackert and their father, Steve).

Fifth-grader Summer Hackert said, “I liked that we got to take the reins and steer the horses side to side, and I learned how to stop them. Also, seeing my dad there with his semi was really cool, and my classmates got to see what my dad does for his job.”

A final highlight of the day was the ag olympics competition that featured agriculture-based obstacles and games that challenged the children. The winning team with the best score won a trophy.

What is the purpose of Ag Day? L-S Ag teacher and FFA advisor Mr. Brent Lowry responded, “Ag Day is a chance for FFA members to explain what they have learned about an area of agriculture in which they are interested. We present to the entire fifth grade every year as a way to try to catch every elementary student at some point in their education and give our high school members a target audience. The short presentations can be aimed at a variety of topics including safety issues, skills learned, experiences with an area of agriculture or agricultural careers.”