MdCV FFA Ag Day spotlights world of agriculture

Kaelin Criqui and Frank Warner explain to the students prescribed burning and equipment used at the Melvern Fire Department to help control rangeland burns. Photo thanks to Danny Rice.

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter helped celebrate National Agriculture Month by hosting an agriculture awareness day for the USD 456 third through fifth graders. The event was Thursday March 21, 2019, at the Melvern fairgrounds. More than 60 elementary students and teachers were educated on agricultural related topics including ag machinery, beef, dairy products, wildlife management, wheat, corn, drones, small animal care, horses, and prescribed burning control. Twenty-seven MdCV FFA chapter members, along with Danny Rice, adviser, and Ms. Ebert, KSU student intern, took part in the presentation of the 10 rotational workshops. The day concluded with refreshments and drinks.

The event was sponsored by a Kansas Farm Bureau grant. The chapter hopes to extend the invitation next year to other area elementary schools.

Participants at Ag Awareness Day, included elementary students and FFA members, gather for a group photo after a day full of increasing their awareness of the world of agriculture.

Brice Marsh and Sadie McGowin talks to the students about the importance of dairy and different types of cheeses.

FFA members Amber Walbeck and Tori DecCalvele show the differences in horses and explain horse anatomy.

Haylee Miles shares the variety of products obtained from wheat.

Information and photos thanks to Danny Rice, MdCV FFA adviser.

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