The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Jim Wells County, held its 12th annual Ag Fair , at the Jim Wells County Fair Grounds in Alice, Texas.
Jim Wells County Extension Agents Rogelio Mercado and Barbie Wymore coordinate this program with the help of the JWC Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Students from schools from around the county were able see firsthand the different fields of agriculture.
As today’s youth are further removed from farming and ranching, many do not understand the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their every day lives.
It is no surprise, perhaps, in an age in which computer-game-centric many children think milk, eggs, and potatoes come from a store, without thinking further as to where the food is actually produced.
This was a three-day event, targeting 4th grade students from Jim Wells Brooks, and Duval counties. Teaching them about food and fibers production, wildlife management and safety, and environmental stewardship.
More than 900 students participated in 7 educational stations. The first session was the mobile dairy classroom and was 30-45 minutes in length. Students then rotated to six 15 minutes sessions.
Youth were exposed to various aspects of the agricultural industry including: dairy, grains, cotton, wildlife, water conservation, beef by-products, lamb production, and wetlands.
The students were able to learn how important farming and ranching is to the state of Texas.
They also learned from Community and industry leaders of how Texas’ ag past is a very important thing in how it’ll play a role to make Texas an even greater place in the future.
Resource materials and the Food and Fiber curriculum was provided to the teachers 2 weeks prior to “Ag Fair” for continued learning on agriculture.
Other materials included in packets taken to the schools were: program information, schedule of events, a list of donors and sponsors, speakers, and pre and post tests for students, and teacher evaluations.
Jim Wells County 4-H members were recruited and trained to serve as group leaders. As group leaders, 4-H’ers met their classes as they got off the buses, directed them to their sessions, gave the classes a brief explanation of the 4-H program, and answered any questions the classes may have had.