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Farm Tour Brings Agriculture to Life

story by Jaime Tankersley

Glasscock County AgriLife Extension Service welcomed nearly 60 students from Garden City Elementary and St. Ann's Catholic School of Midland to the annual 3rd Grade Farm Tour on November 8, 2011.

Students, teachers, and event speakers were welcomed by AgriLife Extension Agent, Charlene Belew and Glasscock County Judge, Kim Halfmann.

After students were divided into groups, they began to make their way through six educational stations. These stations covered both important and relevant agriculture topics, such as: crop production, basic soils and soil analysis, natural resource conservation, entomology, and swine production.

Demonstrations were made by the AgriLife Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Pork Producers, and local ag producers. All of these agencies and individuals pulled together to make this event a success once again.

A special twist to this year's Farm Tour Field Day was the Farm Safety Puppet Show, which was performed by Glasscock 4-H clubs senior officers. Officers included: Shanna Halfmann, Brody Halfmann, Colton Belew, Peyton Schaefer, Lexie Schafer, Blayne Batla, Kadden Kothmann, Chapman Royall, Brylie Schaefer, Hannah Halfmann, Cassie Hirt, and Holly Halfmann.

As the morning session came to a close, the Garden City Catholic Life Insurance branch provided a hot dog lunch to all in attendance.

The afternoon tour kicked off with a cotton harvesting demonstration at Mark Halfmann's farm. Students took that knowledge to the last stop of the day. The Glasscock County Coop Gin opened their doors and let the students take a tour of the working facility.

"Whether they come from a rural or urban background, it is our goal that students will have a better understanding of the importance agriculture and its impact on our everyday life," Belew said.

Dr. Mark Muegge with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service explains beneficial and harmful insects to a group of Garden City 3rd grade students. Dr. Mark Muegge with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service explains beneficial and harmful insects to a group of Garden City 3rd grade students.

Dr. Mark Muegge with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service explains beneficial and harmful insects to a group of Garden City 3rd grade students.

NRCS employees had two stations during the annual Farm Tour Field Day held in Garden City: Basic Soils/Soils Analysis and Crops/Conservation Applications. NRCS employees had two stations during the annual Farm Tour Field Day held in Garden City: Basic Soils/Soils Analysis and Crops/Conservation Applications.

NRCS employees had two stations during the annual Farm Tour Field Day held in Garden City: Basic Soils/Soils Analysis and Crops/Conservation Applications.

David Kempen, with the Texas Swine Producers, explains the importance of swine and the contributions they make as a commodity in the agriculture market. Nearly 50 3rd grade students from St. Ann's Catholic School in Midland and Garden City Elementary pose for a group shot during the annual Farm Tour Field Day.

David Kempen, with the Texas Swine Producers, explains the importance of swine and the contributions they make as a commodity in the agriculture market.

Nearly 50 3rd grade students from St. Ann's Catholic School in Midland and Garden City Elementary pose for a group shot during the annual Farm Tour Field Day.