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NRCS part of annual Food and Fiber Day.

NRCS part of annual Food and Fiber Day

Story by Mandi Ligon and Jaime Tankersley

The 111th West Texas Fair and Rodeo hit the Big Country offering a variety of education and entertainment to all who attended the event held in Abilene. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partnered with Texas Farm Bureau, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and various other volunteers to teach area youth about agriculture commodities, natural resources, conservation and the affect they have on everyday life.

Over 400 students spent the day learning in this interactive environment. NRCS staff consisting of Martin Popelka, Eugene Schmidt and Terry Miller along with Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District employee, Sharon Hawkins engaged students with multiple live demonstrations. A rainfall simulator was used to explain the harsh effects of water run-off, and action pictures aided in explaining how wind erosion occurs.

The lesson learned at the end of the day by attendees was the emphasis and responsibility each one of us has in taking care of our planet. This program teaches youth to be future stewards of the land and educate them about natural resources.

NRCS district conservationist, Martin Popelka, shows Abilene area fourth graders the effect of wind erosion using a progression series of photographs.

Elementary students listen as NRCS employees explain the benefits of conserving our natural resources and becoming good land stewards.

NRCS district conservationist, Martin Popelka, shows Abilene area fourth graders the effect of wind erosion using a progression series of photographs.

Elementary students listen as NRCS employees explain the benefits of conserving our natural resources and becoming good land stewards.