Delhi ‘Ag Adventures’ attracts 700 students

R. Keith Collins, Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  2/5/2008 3:18:08 AM

LSU AgCenter agents Laura Bradley, at left, and Ginger Boutwell teach children during Ag Adventures in Delhi about the importance of vegetables in the diet. (Photo by Mary Ann Van Osdell)

LSU AgCenter extension agents Jason Holmes, in front, and R.L. Frazier teach children gathered for Ag Adventures in Delhi about beef cattle. (Photo by Mary Ann Van Osdell) (Click on photo to download larger image.)

News Release Distributed 02/04/08

DELHI – Ag Adventures, an educational experience in agriculture for fourth graders, attracted 700 students Jan. 28-29 at the Northeast District Livestock Show Barn and Civic Center here.

Students spent nearly two hours learning about agricultural products in Northeast Louisiana from LSU AgCenter agents at the interactive exhibits. Showcased were poultry, rice, livestock and horses.

The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the nutritional and economical importance of Louisiana commodities, said Keith Collins, LSU AgCenter agent in Richland Parish.

Students, teachers and parent volunteers from schools in East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll parishes participated. This is the second year for the event, Collins said.

Eddie Guchereau, principal of Epps Elementary School, said Ag Adventures is usually the first time students see what farming is like.

“It is a great education for those who live in town,” Guchereau said.

The children were shown hidden sugars and fats in food, how to make a pizza garden and proper serving sizes. At the rice exhibit, children learned that rice is a grass.

“It can grow in water and has the ability to get nutrients and oxygen from water,” said Richard Letlow, LSU AgCenter Morehouse Parish extension agent.

Sandra Russell, associate LSU AgCenter agent in Caldwell Parish, said rice has few calories, no cholesterol or sodium, is rich in B vitamins and is a good source of fiber.

Several agents were involved in teaching at the horse exhibit. Caldwell Parish agent Jim McCann explained what halters, lead ropes, brushes and bits are used for, and Amanda Calhoun, 4-H agent in West Carroll Parish, explained the breeds and colors of horses.

Matt Stephens, an area agent in Calhoun, demonstrated how to ride a horse.

Jason Holmes, associate agent in Union Parish for the LSU AgCenter, explained which parts of cattle various meats come from.

“There are 600,000 head of beef cattle in Louisiana. Twelve thousand people own beef cattle,” Holmes said. “The grocery store is not raising that meat. Food comes from a farm.”

He said byproducts include leather for furniture, vehicles and clothing as well as baseballs. Inside of a baseball is sheep wool, he said.

R.L. Frazier, extension agent in Madison Parish for the LSU AgCenter, demonstrated milking a cow for the children and explained the different kinds of milk and how milk is processed.

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Contacts: Keith Collins at (318) 728-3216, or kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

Richard Letlow at (318) 281-5741, or rletlow@agcenter.lsu.edu

Sandra Russell at (318) 649-2663, srussell@agcenter.lsu.edu

Jim McCann at (318) 649-2663, or jmccann@agcenter.lsu.edu

Amanda Calhoun at (318) 428-3571, or acalhoun@agcenter.lsu.edu

Matt Stephens at (318) 644-5865, or mstephens@agcenter.lsu.edu

Jason Holmes at (318) 368-9935, or jholmes@agcenter.lsu.edu

R.L. Frazier at (318) 574-2465, or rfrazier@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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