Ag awareness program for children set for Feb. 2-3

Lanette Hebert, Page, Helen V., Schultz, Bruce  |  1/23/2009 1:53:47 AM

News Release Distributed 1/22/09

LAKE CHARLES – Kindergarten students will learn about farming and agriculture in the Ag Adventures program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Feb. 2-3 at Burton Coliseum.

“It’s an agriculture awareness effort to help children understand where their food and fiber come from,” explained Lanette Hebert, regional 4-H coordinator with the LSU AgCenter. “Some of these children don’t know basics like where their milk comes from.”

Hebert said teachers will be given lesson plans that will help them prepare their classes in advance of the event.

The event is a guided two-hour tour that begins with a puppet show, then a stick-horse rodeo. Next, classes go to an exhibit on crawfish farming, a display of rice in different stages of growth and a section on nutrition.

Students will enter a show ring and have an opportunity to test their showmanship skills with a goat or sheep and then interact with animals at a minifarm. A hand-washing exercise will follow to explain the importance of cleanliness.

The event is being held at the same time as the LSU AgCenter regional livestock show at Burton Coliseum.

“Right now, we have 39 classes registered,” Hebert said.

“We hope they just understand the role of agriculture in their lives,” said Helen Page, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Calcasieu Parish.

Page said volunteers who will help with the project include Master Gardeners and 4-H Club members and Junior Leaders from the area.

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Contacts: Lanette Hebert at (337) 788-7547 or lghebert@agcenter.lsu.edu
Helen Page at (337) 475-8812 or hpage@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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