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Hundreds of fourth graders learn about soil texture and erosion

Hundreds of fourth graders learn about soil texture and erosion

Story by Beverly Moseley

Upwards of 1,000 fourth grade students from Polk and San Jacinto Counties had the opportunity to learn about soil texture and erosion recently through an Ag in the Classroom activity.

Texas Farm Bureau of Polk and San Jacinto counties extended their annual invitation to Ronald Harris, a Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist in Livingston, and Anita Brogden, district assistant with the Polk-San Jacinto Soil and Water Conservation District, to give soil presentations to the students.

� By allowing the students to be actively involved, as in feeling the different types of soil and asking what product is made from the soils, keeps their interest and hopefully leaves a lasting impression so that this future generation will take care of our natural resources,� Harris said.

An estimated 700 Polk County students from schools in Livingston, Corrigan, Big Sandy, Goodrich and Leggett attended the hands-on event at the Barney Wiggins Rodeo Arena in Livingston. San Jacinto County hosted its Ag in the Classroom activity at the Shepherd High School agriculture barn. Approximately 300 students from schools in Shepherd and Coldspring attended.

Ronald Harris, a NRCS district conservationist in Livingston, instructs fourth-grade students on erosion and how to prevent soil erosion.

Anita Brogden, district assistant with the Polk-San Jacinto Soil & Water Conservation District, teaches fourth grade students about soil types.
Ronald Harris, a NRCS district conservationist in Livingston, instructs fourth-grade students on erosion and how to prevent soil erosion. Anita Brogden, district assistant with the Polk-San Jacinto Soil & Water Conservation District, teaches fourth grade students about soil types.