FFA Farm Day introduces youngsters to agriculture

FFA members spend a day teaching first-, second- and third-graders details about farming, including the fun parts, such as roping a steer.<br><I>Photo contributed by Pendleton FFA

PENDLETON - The Pendleton FFA hosted more than 200 first- through third-graders at the FFA land lab Thursday, May 28, with the goal of educating the children about agriculture.

The elementary students learned about animal anatomy, soil judging, tree growth, noxious weeds, tractor driving, roping and bull riding. Other activities included a bull fighting demonstration and a student hay ride.

"For some students in the community, the chance to be around livestock and farm equipment is not often available," said Bowdrie Boston, chairperson for the event. "This was a great opportunity for the students to get a feel for the world of agriculture."

The Pendleton FFA Chapter was pleased with the attendance and attentiveness of the students.

"I was impressed with how well behaved the students were and I greatly enjoyed speaking to the youngsters," said Dylan Steiner of the Pendleton FFA Chapter.

Various Pendleton FFA members manned stations around the land lab in order to educate the young students on various agricultural topics they themselves have learned about in class. The event served as a final test of sorts for many of the agricultural units the FFA students have studied in class.

"Without the help of the whole FFA chapter, our advisors and a great co-chair in Kelsey Gorbett, this event would not have been possible," said Boston. "I would like to thank all of the elementary schools for their cooperation and a big thank you to Marty Campbell and Bill Umbarger for their assistance on Farm Day."

Pendleton FFA is planning another Farm Day next spring.

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