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Farm Tour Offers Agricultural Education for Students

Farm Tour Offers Agricultural Education for Students

Story by Jaime Tankersley

The Glasscock County Community Center was a classroom setting for over 60 students from both Garden City Elementary and St. Ann�s Catholic School of Midland for the Texas AgriLife Extension�s annual Third Grade Farm Tour.

For nearly two decades, the agriculture education based field day has been part of the two schools curriculum. This year�s topics ranged from soils, agronomy, entomology and crop processing/production.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was on hand to offer two stations, Basic Soils and Soil Analysis and Crops and Conservation Applications.

When the students completed the stations they gathered around the Mobile Learning Barn provided by the Texas Farm Bureau. There they learned about the significance of products derived from crops and livestock, and how we use them in our daily lives. After lunch the group went to a local producer�s farm to observe how cotton was harvested, developed into a module, picked up and delivered to the local cotton gin. From there the group went to the Glasscock County Coop Gin for a tour. The gin manager explained to them what was happening while they observed the modules being unloaded, broken down and processed.

Once again, students were able to learn about agriculture production through the hands on field day. The knowledge they gained is a valuable tool that will aid them as future consumers or producers, and explained how agencies like the NRCS have �helped people help the land� for 75 years.

Students from St. Ann�s Catholic School of Midland enjoy an entomology learning station during this year�s Texas AgriLife Extension�s Third Grade Farm Tour held in Garden City, Texas.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Resource Soil Scientist, Rusty Dowell, explains basic soil and soil analysis to over 60 third-grade students during a annual farm tour field day held in Garden City, Texas.
Students from St. Ann�s Catholic School of Midland enjoy an entomology learning station during this year�s Texas AgriLife Extension�s Third Grade Farm Tour held in Garden City, Texas. Natural Resources Conservation Service Resource Soil Scientist, Rusty Dowell, explains basic soil and soil analysis to over 60 third-grade students during an annual farm tour field day held in Garden City, Texas.
David Embry, NRCS Conservation Agronomist, explains crops and conservation practices during the annual Texas AgriLife Extension�s Third Grade Farm Tour.  
David Embry, NRCS Conservation Agronomist, explains crops and conservation practices during the annual Texas AgriLife Extension�s Third Grade Farm Tour.