Ag Day at the Agri-Center educates local students

The International Agri-Center, in cooperation with Tulare County Office of Education and Tulare County Farm Bureau, is proud to present the first annual ‘Ag Day at the Agri-Center,' on March 21.

Held on National Ag Day, the Agri-Center will host hundreds of Tulare County students for a day of agricultural education and interactive learning. Ag Day will provide basic facts about agricultural production, give students a ‘hands-on' perspective from local farmers and directly relate concepts to their classroom education. The goal of the program is to increase the general understanding of the agriculture industry and the important role it plays in our lives.

&#8220It's so important to expose our children to production agriculture. If they remember one important fact, or the experience of sitting in a tractor or seeing a cow for the first time; we have accomplished our goal,” said Jana Hopper, Heritage Complex facility director.

Students will start the day with a dairy farmer, as they enjoy a ‘day in the life' skit presentation. The day will then progress to outdoor exhibits including farm equipment, livestock demonstrations, sheep sheering and wool spinning.

Participants will even feel the ground shake during a nut harvesting demonstration. Students will also rotate into the Agri-Center's very own AgVentures! learning center; an interactive oasis of learning and exploration for children complete with professionally designed, curriculum based exhibits that tell the unique story of Central Valley agriculture.

Ag Day participation and transportation to the Agri-Center is free to participating schools. Only prescheduled schools can attend, and the event is not open to the general public. Teachers and administrators interested in participating in the 2008 Ag Day for 3rd grade classes should contact Jana Hopper at 688-1030 or email [email protected].

The International Agri-Center is a non-profit corporation led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and has more than 1,200 volunteers who work to promote California's agriculture industry through programs and events.

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