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National Ag Week 2019

Celebrating the incredible agriculturalists of our world!

 

by McKenzie Sweigart - March 15, 2019

March 10th -16th is National Ag Week, with Thursday, March 14th being designated as National Ag Day. National Ag Week dedicates a whole week to promoting and celebrating agriculture. During the week producers, government officials, agricultural organizations, and schools celebrate and recognize the contributions that agriculture makes to our society.

One hundred and sixty five people – that is the average number of people that each American farmer can feed each year as compared to 25 people fed by an average American farmer in the 1960’s. Agriculture is the nation’s number one export and the American farmers are the ones that make that possible.

Agriculture provides everything that we eat and many things that we use and wear on a daily basis. It is important for all people to understand where their food comes from. Consumers need to appreciate the role that agriculture plays in maintaining a safe and abundant food supply. There are few people that understand agriculture’s contributions to society – especially students in school. The Grand Canyon FFA chapter wanted to change that and they planned an elementary reading event to help educate students about agricultural practices. The chapter partnered with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to participate in Pennsylvania Ag Literacy week and the National FFA Foundation to be a part of FFA Greatest Advocate Challenge.

On Wednesday, March 13th, members from the Grand Canyon FFA chapter dedicated their morning to educating elementary school students about agriculture. The members read a book and did an activity with all of the Kindergarten and first grade students at the Charlotte Lappla Elementary School in Wellsboro, PA. They read the book “Right This Very Minute” which is a farm-to-table book about food and agriculture. Students often want to have a snack or dinner “Right this Very Minute” but the FFA members challenged them to think about what farmers are doing “Right this Very Minute” to produce their food. After reading the book the FFA members helped the students complete an activity which corresponded with the book. The activity consisted of having the students decide what the farmer had to do to produce the foods highlighted in the book.

The FFA members were enthusiastic about interacting with the younger students and educating them about the agricultural industry. At the end of the morning all of the books were donated to the classrooms to build their classroom library and provide books for children that depict agriculture in an accurate way.

Credits:

Videography: Andrew Moore, John Vogt

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: McKenzie Sweigart

Anchor: Katarina Swendrowski

Correspondent: Johanna Vogt, McKenzie Sweigart

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by First Citizens Community Bank

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