LSU AgCenter Ag Adventures attracts 1,100 students

Irvin Hendrix, Van Osdell, Mary Ann, McCann, Jimmy D., Coleman, Fannie, DuBois, Brandon, Russell, Sandra, Calhoun, Amanda G., Pinnell-Alison, Carol L.  |  2/16/2009 8:00:36 PM

Tensas Elementary School students at Ag Adventures in Delhi learned that pigs wallow in mud to cool down because they have no sweat glands. Goats and cows were also on exhibit in the livestock barn on Feb. 10-11. (Photo by Mary Ann Van Osdell. Click on lphoto for downloadable image.)

Jennifer Moran, LSU AgCenter associate extension agent, talked about sweet potatoes to more than 1,100 students from seven parishes at Ag Adventures in Delhi Feb. 10-11. The presentation included talks on their economic impact and nutrition value. (Photo by Mary Ann Van Osdell. Click on photo for downloadable image.)

News Release Distributed 02/16/09

DELHI, La. – Elementary school students from seven parishes had their questions answered about everything from horses to germs at the LSU AgCenter’s Ag Adventures Feb. 10-11.

More than 1,100 third- through fifth-graders visited various stations that included information on nutrition, cotton, sweet potatoes and farm animals at the Northeast District Livestock Show Barn and Delhi Civic Center.

The students were from Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, Tensas, East Carroll and West Carroll parishes.

James Hendrix, an LSU AgCenter agent, encouraged students to participate in the 4-H horse project.

“You don’t have to own a horse to be in the horse project,” Hendrix said, pointing out that initial lessons include how to be responsible, what a horse eats and horse anatomy as well as what to look for before getting a horse.

“We want you to know more than your parents know,” Hendrix said.

Jimmy Mccann, an LSU AgCenter agent in Caldwell Parish, had an exhibit of equipment that included a blanket, saddle, bridle and English and western saddles. 4-H’ers on horseback modeled riding clothes.

Using charts and live horses, LSU AgCenter agent Amanda Calhoun said the horse color world is “big and complicated.”

Students from Tensas Elementary School asked if horses can change color, if horses are afraid of loud noises and if they wear shoes. All were answered in the affirmative with explanations.

The students heard from LSU AgCenter agent Brandon DuBois that pigs wallow in mud to cool down because they have no sweat glands. They also heard that leather from cows helps make baseball gloves and about the differences between a beef and a dairy cow. They even got to milk a cow.

The equipment display included a mechanical sweet potato transplanter and a mini cotton gin.

Sweet potatoes damaged by insects or rats or that are misshapen or too large can be cleaned and used outside the fresh market in canned goods or into fries or chips, said Carol Pinnell-Alison, LSU AgCenter agent in Franklin Parish. She said sweet potatoes are the leading vegetable used for baby food.

They are virtually fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium and a good source of fiber, Pinnell-Alison said. She said one sweet potato has the same amount of vitamin A as 23 cups of broccoli.

Sandra Russell, an LSU AgCenter agent, explained about cotton. She said very short fibers – called linters – are used in plastics, gunpowder, rayon, film and cosmetics while hulls are used for livestock feed and kernels are used in pharmaceuticals and fertilizer.

“Your paper money is about 70 percent cotton,” Russell said. “That is why it is durable.”

“Germs can make you sick and are everywhere,” said Fannie Coleman, LSU AgCenter nutrition educator. She demonstrated how to cover your sneezes with the inside of your elbow and how to wash your hands properly for 20 seconds.


Contacts: James Hendrix at (318) 766-3320 or 
Jimmy Mccann at (318) 649-2663 or 
Amanda Calhoun at (318) 428-3571 or 
Brandon DuBois at (318) 323-2251 or 
Carol Pinnell-Alison at (318) 435-7551 or 
Sandra Russell at (318) 649-2663 or 
Fannie Coleman at (318) 728-3216 or

Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or
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