Second-graders attending public schools in Jackson and Vinton counties got a taste of farm life Friday morning, May 12 when they visited the Ohio State University Agriculture Center Research Farm located just south of Jackson.
Over the course of the day, they enjoyed all the activities associated with the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau's Agriculture Experience Day. Hosts for the event were Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau President Jon Hensler and Organization Director Kim Harless. Also assisting were the Jackson and Oak Hill Future Farmers of America members.
It is one of the local Farm Bureau's signature events of the year as they endeavor to expose youngsters to agriculture and farming in an event which is both fun and educational.
During their tour, students learned about animals, soil, conservation and many other aspects of farm life. The students visited 18 different stations with each featuring a different animal or activity. The station topics and their operators were: Honey bees (Chris and Marlin Lovett), pelts and furs (Bruce Barkhurst, Andrew Bennett and Madison Nadler from the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District);
goat-milk soap (Maria Whetstone); goats (Pam Updike from the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau); Alpacas (Ron and Alicia Viers from Grundy Hills Farm); pigs (Tyler Elliott); sheep (Jessica Taylor); beef (Cliff Riehm); horses (Jason Gillum); fish (Paul Haller); aquaculture bracelets (Oak Hill FFA); animal grooming (Jackson FFA); seed balls (Patty Milliken); chicken eggs (Erin Dailey and Justin Spengler); soybean necklaces (Ohio Soybean Council); hayride (Gerald Fulkerson); and dairy cow milking (Jackson FFA).
Students also had a chance to display their individual talents in the T-shirt design contest. The overall winner was Gracie Bush from Oak Hill Elementary. Other winners were: Second place, Aydon Leach (West Elementary); third place, Lauryn Walburn (Westview); fourth place, Addy Brown (Oak Hill); fifth place, Deegan Evans (Southview Elementary); sixth place, Rayna Scarrett (Northview); seventh place, Gracie Adams (Bundy Elementary); and honorable mentions - Ian Peoples (South Elementary); Blake Carpenter (Central Elementary School); and Brandi Smittle (Oak Hill Elementary).
The students were also treated to lunch and had a chance to visit with fellow classmates, meet kids from other schools and experience a nice day.
The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau represents its members in land, conservation, agri-tourism and a host of other issues.