Ag in the Classroom

Students Dive into Agriculture at Huntington County Ag Day
Posted on 04/18/2024
Huntington North FFA  senior student Chloe White reads to first grade students at Andrews Elementary

HUNTINGTON, Ind. —  Third-grade students from various educational backgrounds in Huntington County enjoyed an immersive learning experience at Ag Day, held on March 19, 2024, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The event, attended by students from public, private, and home schools, aimed to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for agriculture among the young minds of the community.

The success of Ag Day was made possible by the generous contributions of farmers and agricultural professionals who volunteered their time and expertise. Organized by the Huntington County Purdue Extension staff and board, the event featured a diverse array of activities and learning stations, covering topics ranging from animal agriculture and crops to soils and machinery.

Each participating child received an activity book and other educational materials, generously donated by local businesses and agricultural commodity organizations. These resources were designed to align with academic standards, enabling educators to integrate agricultural education into their curriculum beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. The volunteers read "My Family's Corn Farm" by Katie Olthoff which was selected as Indiana Farm Bureau -Agriculture in the Classroom book of the year for 2024.

Approximately 40 volunteers lent their support to ensure the smooth operation of the event, underscoring the community's commitment to fostering agricultural literacy among its youth. In Huntington County, where agriculture plays a vital role in the local economy, initiatives like Ag Day serve as invaluable opportunities for children to learn about the importance of farming and its various facets.

According to the latest Indiana Ag Statistics Report (2021), Huntington County farms contributed significantly to the state's agricultural output, generating an impressive $205,663,000 in annual crop and livestock income. Ranked 26th out of 92 counties in Indiana for cash farm receipts, Huntington County stands as a testament to the agricultural prowess of the region.

Across the United States, communities come together to celebrate Ag Day in diverse ways, with each event serving as a reminder of the abundance provided by agriculture.

As the echoes of Ag Day linger in the minds of Huntington County's third-grade students, the event's impact continues to resonate, nurturing a new generation of agricultural enthusiasts and advocates in the heart of Indiana.

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