Agricultural field day educates SWMO youth on farm technology, food labeling, and more

WHILE MOST SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STUDENTS HAVE BEEN BACK IN CLASS JUST A FEW WEEKS – TODAY WAS A CHANCE FOR SOME TO HEAD OFF CAMPUS TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. ACTION 12’S GRETCHEN BOLANDER WAS AT THE BIG SOUTHWEST RESEARCH CENTER FIELD DAY. SHE JOINS US IN THE NEWSROOM. GRETCHEN, WHAT ARE THEY LEARNING? ANDY, IT’S EVERYTHING AGRICULTURE FOR HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS. AND WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING AG 101 – THESE ARE VERY SPECIFIC LEARNING STATIONS. ZACH SHARP, Neosho High School: “We’ve got about 200 momma cows.” Gretchen Bolander: Zach Sharp already knows a lot of cattle but Field Day is taking that a step farther.ZACH SHARP, Neosho High School: “They’re teaching us everything from the care of our animals to the care of our pastures and the equipment side of things. How the rain, erosion, pollution, pollutions, things like that can affect our animals and our environment.” It’s the 56th Annual Field Day at the Southwest Research Center at Mount Vernon. About 1800 students from more than 50 schools are on hand to learn about farm technology, food labelling, and livestock.David Cope, SW Research Ctr: “We have several fistulated steers here where folks can come and learn about the inner workings of a rumen of cattle.” Growing hemp is a big focus, with Missouri just legalizing the crop earlier this year. David Cope, SW Research Ctr: “There’s a lot of folks looking at hemp for fiber, for grain, for CBD oil.” There’s also farm safety, , veterinary medicine, and a chance to learn about heavy equipment firsthand.David Cope, SW Research Ctr: “Tractors – learn about hay equipment. We have some construction equipment here that the kids have been getting on and doing things with. Those are opportunities they may not get in their classroom every day.” FIELD DAY ATTRACTED STUDENTS FROM ALL AROUND THE REGION, AS FAR EAST AS LEBANON AND GALENA, MISSOURI. ANDY, ALSO THOSE CLOSER TO HOME, LIKE MONETT, NEOSHO AND JOPLIN. THANKS, GRETCHEN. TURNING BACK TO WEATHER. RAY,

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