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10th Annual Hands on Ag Day-Event scheduled for Marshall County fifth graders

Rebecca Haddix

News Release # 18-024 

10th Annual Hands on Ag Day

Event scheduled for Marshall County fifth graders

MCMECHEN, W.Va., September 10, 2018 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Northern Panhandle Conservation District (NPCD) will host the 10th annual Hands on Ag Day at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville, September 20-21.  Marshall County fifth grade students from all public and private schools are scheduled to participate.

The purpose of the Hands-on Ag Day is to educate students and provide a better understanding of agriculture.

“We are excited to host our 10th annual Hands on Ag Day,” said Katie Fitzsimmons, NRCS District Conservationist. “It has been a tremendous experience and would not be possible without the support from the local school board, and local agriculture agencies and organizations. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge about different aspects of agriculture and alleviate common misconceptions of where their food actually comes from.”

Students will rotate through 11 stations that cover a specific aspect of agriculture such as soil, water quality, forestry, livestock and more.

“Our goal is to teach the kids as much as we possibly can about agriculture and how it plays a role in their own lives,” said retired Marshall County school teacher, NPCD Supervisor and member of the planning committee, Mark Fitzsimmons.  “We’re talking to them about how to take care of bees and why they’re important. We’re teaching them about where their beef and milk comes from. We want to make sure they know their milk doesn’t come from aisle 17 at the grocery store.”

Participating agencies include: NRCS, Farm Service Agency, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Conservation Agency, WVU Extension Service, Marshall County Fair, Marshall County Farm Bureau, Marshall County Commission, John Marshall Future Farmers of America and Marshall County Schools.

For more information contact Katie Fitzsimmons, NRCS District Conservationist at 304-238-5648 or


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