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The 5th Annual Agricultural Careers Youth Workshop

The 5th Annual Agricultural Careers Youth Workshop

Story by Delwin L. Cannon

The 5th Annual Agricultural Careers Youth Workshop was hosted by Prairie View A&M University�s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, on Saturday May 22, 2010. This event was held in conjunction with the Agricultural Department�s annual International Goat Research Center�s Agricultural Field Day.

The sole purpose of the youth workshop was to re-emphasize to the students, the importance of continuing with their education and to enlighten them on an industry that has provided array of rewarding career opportunities for many. Many students were still carrying around the old perception of the Agricultural industry as something being very labor intensive, non-rewarding and menial. Most of the students that attended this year�s workshop were not from rural areas. It was our hope to have altered some of that thinking by the end of the day.

The primary sponsors of this year�s event were the Landowners Association of Texas (LAT) and the Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/Community Based Organization (TSF&R/CBO). Members of the Texas chapter of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees organization (NOPBNRCSE) were on hand to assist with the event as well.

The three workshop sessions included a talk and demonstration in the following areas: GIS Application in Agriculture, 4-H and You and The ABCs of Entering College.
The day got started with a welcome from several faculty members of the Agricultural department and a brief talk about some of the study areas in Agriculture that Prairie View A&M University offers.

Mr. Kline, President of the Landowners Association of Texas (LAT), addressed the students with opening remarks as well. He elaborated on the importance of getting an education and the various professional career opportunities, in the field of agriculture. In like manner, Mr. Kline explained the high-tech end of agriculture and the type of graduates this particular sector is looking for. The little inquiring minds appeared intrigued by what they were hearing and learning about.

Dr. Eric Risch, Research Scientist/Agricultural professor with the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center and our very own Brannon Sledge, Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Temple, were in command of the GIS application portion of the workshops. Dr. Risch, introduced to students, a variety of different applications the GIS system can perform when it comes to collecting and analyzing agricultural data.

Mr. Sledge led the field portion of this particular workshop with the assistance of Mozelle Carter, Soil Conservationist with NRCS in Conroe and Delwin L. Cannon, Soil Conservationist in Houston. The students were assigned GPS units in groups of two. They were shown how to set up units for a navigation exercise. This exercise really captivated their attention. Several points of interest were set up across the grounds on campus for them to find.

Mr. Ricky Mahaley, Extension agent with 4-H & Youth for Harris County�s Agrilife Extension program, gave a presentation to students on the 4-H program and how valuable leadership skills are learned and developed through the 4-H experience.

Dr. Wash A. Jones, professor of Agricultural Education at prairie View A&M University, closed out the day with his presentation on the �ABCs of Entering College�. He explained to the students how to properly prepare themselves for the big transition to college and the importance of allowing plenty of time for the application and scholarship seeking process.

Dr. Victor Stanley, Agricultural Department Head/Animal Science Professor at Prairie View A & M University, shares with visiting students the programs and degree plans Prairie View's Agricultural Department can offer, through his opening remarks.

Edward Kline, President of the Landowners Association of Texas (LAT), imparts his wisdom and knowledge to students, about the Agricultural Industry and it's array of career opportunities.

Dr. Victor Stanley, Agricultural Department Head/Animal Science Professor at Prairie View A & M University, shares with visiting students the programs and degree plans Prairie View's Agricultural Department can offer, through his opening remarks.

Edward Kline, President of the Landowners Association of Texas (LAT), imparts his wisdom and knowledge to students, about the Agricultural Industry and it's array of career opportunities.

Brannon Sledge (left w/green NRCS cap), Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Temple TX, oversees GPS activity for students, as instructions and marching orders are given out. Mozelle Carter (background wearing cache colored shirt), Soil Conservationist in Conroe TX, along with Brannon Sledge (up front), check on the progress of some of the students as they diligently work through their task.

Brannon Sledge (left w/green NRCS cap), Agricultural Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Temple TX, oversees GPS activity for students, as instructions and marching orders are given out.

Mozelle Carter (background wearing cache colored shirt), Soil Conservationist in Conroe TX, along with Brannon Sledge (up front), check on the progress of some of the students as they diligently work through their task.