Barbour County Ag Day
The Barbour County Young Farmers and Barbour County Extension office held the Fifth Annual AG Day for the third grade classrooms throughout the county, March 17.
270 students and volunteers attended the event at Eufaula High School. The students rotated around ten stations each focusing on an agriculture commodity or subject. The students held baby goats and sheep from local farmer Barret Stephenson’s farm.
Joe Corcoran, a local farmer, brought large equipment used in row crop operations. He discussed with the third grade classes how planters and highboy sprayers work. GPS was installed on the equipment. In the sprayer, the driver can monitor the locations in the field that have been sprayed. This technology helps prevent overlapping in the field that leads to over spraying. GPS on a planter keeps the tractor in a straight line while traveling down the field. This allows for straight rows and more accurate plant population.
This year, EHS’s FFA was able to highlight its Ag Department. FFA students lead the third grade students around the Ag building describing the tractor competition, how they process sugarcane, and discussing the new greenhouse.
Children played nutrition bingo with Cassie Young from Backyard Orchards and learned fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternative to fast food and traditional snacks. Extension Nutrition Educators, Tawnya Kirkland and Angel Ware, setup a germ station to show the children how many germs are on their hands at any given time during the day.
The Barbour County Foresters, Perry Pritchett and Zach Elk, taught the students how trees grow and methods they use to promote healthy growth in tree stands. This year Pritchett and Elk brought a bulldozer to show students how they fight fires and install firebreaks in a pine plantation.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service and Barbour County Soil and Water Conservation District brought a soil trailer. This trailer demonstrates the different types of soil and how erosion occurs when good conservation practices are not implemented in fields. The State NRCS Office in Auburn provided the trailer.
Bence Carter, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Regional Agent with Extension, played an interactive game with students to demonstrate the importance of biodiversity in nature. The game brought to reality the concept of survival of the fittest in the food change.
Regional Extension Agents representing agronomic crops discussed cotton and peanuts in our area and showed children how cotton is ginned using a small cotton gin model. Students learned about horses and the different tackle used to saddle them from 4-H Regional Agent, Geni Dean.