MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge High School FFA students will put their learning to the test as they give presentations and demonstrations of various aspects of agriculture to area elementary students.
“A Day on the Farm” will take place in three rotating sessions — from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 13 at the Moundridge Museum Complex, 404 W. Cole St.
Moundridge High School FFA Advisor Ali Torr said the event is open to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
“We will have a student giving a talk about poultry, then we will do a dairy cattle demonstration,” Torr said. “We’ll be talking about horses, products that come from soybeans, the FFA emblem and all the parts.”
There will also be opportunities for children to view live farm animals, including chickens and a horse.
“All the demonstrations are kid-friendly and hands-on to get them excited,” Torr said.
Students can also experience guided tours, led by Bob Stucky and Leon Guhr, through the Agricultural Museum. The museum displays many artifacts used in early agriculture in the area, including early 1900s tractors and plows, implements and planters dating back to the 1800s.
A representative from Harvey County Farm Bureau will present a meat grinding demonstration. The organization also provides a meal for the FFA students.
“I really want to thank the Harvey County Farm Bureau for helping us out,” Torr said.
“A Day on the Farm” is just one way FFA members interact with younger children. Earlier in the school year, the group went to Moundridge Elementary and did a lesson on soil layers for the second grade class.
“It gets the younger kids excited,” Torr said. “They get to engage with the older kids, who they may look up to, and they get to learn about agriculture so that when they get to high school, they want to be involved.”
Besides animal husbandry and agriculture, FFA members also learn about botany, entomology and hippology.
FFA students typically spend four years in the organization, though the program can extend into their college years. Next week, the organization will hold its chapter banquet to celebrate what the students have achieved and install new officers.
“That’s exciting, to get new students involved and excited about Moundridge FFA,” Torr said.
For more information about “A Day on the Farm,” call Moundridge High School at 620-345-5500. For more information about the Moundridge Museum Complex, visit http://www.moundridgekansasmuseums.com or call 620-345-2427.