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FFA Hosts Annual Ag Day

Maverick Hawk, 9th; Allie Everhart, 12th; Kayli Diaz, 11th; Noah Arita, 10th; Danny Ruhland, 10th; and Chris McGuire, 10th; work in the greenhouse during the annual CHS Wake Up to Ag Day.

Did you know that a place where bees are kept for their honey is known as an apiary? That is just one of the interesting facts third graders learned last week in the annual CHS Wake Up to Ag Day. Wake Up to Agriculture Day is an annual UCPS tradition that raises awareness of the agricultural heritage of Union County and North Carolina. Over 700 third graders from New Town, Marvin, Kensington, and Sandy Ridge Elementary Schools visited the CHS campus to learn about various aspects of agriculture. Wake Up to Ag Day was presented by the CHS FFA and Ag students under the direction of Ben Shumate, Ag teacher and FFA Adviser.

Several stations featured farm animals that students could pet including a chicken, a goat, a lamb, a horse, and even a pot-bellied pig named Pickles. CHS FFA and Ag students gave presentations about their animals to the third graders. All the animals were provided by the high school students.

Farm machinery such as a mower, bailer, and a combine was on hand for students to see up close. They learned about the top ten crops of North Carolina (cotton, tobacco, Christmas trees, soybeans, corn, wheat, sweet potatoes, hay, peanuts, and apples.)

A honeybee exhibit was new to Ag Day this year. Trull’s Bizzy Bees Honey and Apiary of Monroe provided a station for students to watch honeybees and learn about the role of the queen bee in a colony. The Ag Day activities also included a trip to the CHS greenhouse to plant watermelon seeds in cups the students could take home.

Each of the Ag Day stations supported what was included in workbooks the third graders had previously received from the Union County Cooperative Extension Service.

“We wanted the students to see how important agriculture is in all our lives. We hope that Ag Day sparks an interest to take Ag classes in high school and possibly even pursue it as a career,” said Shumate. “My students were well-prepared and did a great job on their presentations!”

For more information on the FFA, visit www.ffa.org.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 by Paula White

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