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Students Have Hands on Ag Learning Experience

Students Have Hands on Ag Learning Experience

Story by Dee Ann Littlefield

One-hundred twenty eight Clay County fourth graders, school faculty, Texas Farm Bureau members, Byers FFA members and volunteers recently gathered at Tommy Henderson�s farm north of Byers on Thursday, October 18 for the fourth annual Ag in the Classroom field day.

This event shows fourth graders how agriculture affects their lives daily. Students are given first-hand knowledge of the daily activities that happen on a farm and demonstrations show how different commodities are produced.

The students were divided into small groups led by a Byers FFA member and rotated to eight different stations. The stations included Farm Bureau�s Mobile Learning Barn, a rainfall simulator, farm equipment, a cotton gin, horses, wildlife, a roping and branding demonstration and livestock. Students learned how and where various commodities are produced which included, wheat, cotton, corn, pork, beef and sheep and goats. Presenters for the day included local farmers and ranchers, Macon Boddy, Jason Schindler, Randi Maddox, Tommy Henderson and Charlie Henderson, Philip Mundine; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, Tyson Hart and Little Wichita Soil and Water Conservation District technician, Tyler Garrison; Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist, Charlie Newberry; Oklahoma Cooperative Extension faculty, Michael Jeffcoat; Byers FFA teacher Johnny Simmons and FFA members as well as Texas Farm Bureau representatives. The morning was wrapped up with a milking demonstration by Todd Griffin of the Southwest Dairy Museum.

Hotdogs were served for lunch to all in attendance. Cooks included Clay County Farm Bureau agency manager Gary Bryant and his board of directors, as well as USDA Farm Service Agency personnel Mike McDonald and Chase Tyndell.

The event was sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas and Clay County Farm Bureau. Agriculture in the Classroom is a program of the American Farm Bureau, dedicated to helping students and teachers across our the nation gain an understanding of how agriculture provides the daily essentials necessary to make our society and our world function.

One of the most popular demonstrations of the day was a live milking demonstration by Todd Griffin of the Southwest Dairy Museum.

The Byers FFA students manned the mobile learning barn station where they explained to the 4th graders where various commodities come from and how they are used in society.
One of the most popular demonstrations of the day was a live milking demonstration by Todd Griffin of the Southwest Dairy Museum. The Byers FFA students manned the mobile learning barn station where they explained to the 4th graders where various commodities come from and how they are used in society.
NRCS range management specialist Tyson Hart set up a rainfall simulator to show students how rainfall events affect soil differently depending on ground cover and soil type. One-hundred twenty eight Clay County fourth graders attended the 4th annual Ag in the Classroom outdoor event.
NRCS range management specialist Tyson Hart set up a rainfall simulator to show students how rainfall events affect soil differently depending on ground cover and soil type. One-hundred twenty eight Clay County fourth graders attended the 4th annual Ag in the Classroom outdoor event.
Farmer and Clay County Farm Bureau president Tommy Henderson hosted the event. Henderson explained to the students how switching to no-till farming has drastically reduced his fuel bill and input costs on his cotton and wheat farm.  
Farmer and Clay County Farm Bureau president Tommy Henderson hosted the event. Henderson explained to the students how switching to no-till farming has drastically reduced his fuel bill and input costs on his cotton and wheat farm.