Ag Adventures shows youngsters where their food comes from

Sisters Abbie and Kylee Davis from Delhi Charter School, teach second- and third-graders about poultry during Ag Adventures. The younger students heard where their chicken nuggets and and scrambled eggs come from at one of the five exhibits. Photo by Tammi Arender

Naziya Wilson, a second-grader at Rayville Elementary School, milks a cow as second-grader Amecia Martinez awaits her turn. It’s one stop for hands-on learning about agriculture at Ag Adventures in Delhi. Photo by Tammi Arender

A hen named Midnight grabs the attention of second- and third-graders from Rayville Elementary at Ag Adventures. The students heard where their chicken nuggets and eggs come from as part of the two-day event in Delhi. Photo by Tammi Arender

(03/01/16) Delhi, La. – Nearly 1,100 students from northeast Louisiana got a one-of-a-kind educational experience at Ag Adventures on Feb. 24-25.

Second- and third-graders from a 12-parish area gathered in the Northeast District livestock show barn and Delhi Civic Center to learn where their food, fiber and fuel come from.

Students got to dig in the dirt and discovered the french fries they eat at McDonald’s come from a potato farmer. They also learned the chicken nuggets come from a poultry farmer.

“It’s important for children to know their food source,” said Joanna Strong, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Richland Parish.

“I let our older teenagers give the presentations to the elementary kids about the chickens and the eggs because the participants respond better to the young people, and our high school seniors get to hone their communication skills,” Strong said. “It’s a win-win.”

The LSU AgCenter sponsored the event to increase awareness of the nutritional and economic importance of Louisiana commodities among the children.

Master Gardeners explained how plants produce fruits and vegetables.

“It’s about increasing awareness of Agriculture in general,” said Terri Crawford, northeast Louisiana regional 4-H coordinator for the AgCenter. “They discover how foods get from farm to table and build a healthy plate, which in turn builds a healthy child.”

3/1/2016 10:11:26 PM
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