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April 11, 2014

Ag Day planting seeds for future success

GREENSBURG – The chill in the air didn’t stop the fourth grade students of Decatur County from enjoying the 21st annual Ag Day Fair at the Decatur County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

More than 400 students, teachers and chaperones arrived at the fairgrounds in the early morning of April 8, prepared to learn about many aspects of the agriculture industry in Decatur County. The fourth grade classes of Greensburg Elementary, North and South Decatur Elementary, St. Mary’s and Good Shepherd Christian Academy represented their schools at the Ag Day Fair. Students were split into groups before they began rotating between 21 different stations, each teaching a different lesson related to agriculture.

According to Ag Day Coordinator Patty Reding, approximately 70 volunteers came together to create exhibits and lessons for the students, ranging from natural resource conservation and first aid to dairy cows and honey bees. FFA members from Greensburg, North and South Decatur High Schools assisted with the fair, acting as exhibit educators and group guides.

“So many people choose to come back and participate year after year. That’s a very positive message that this program has value,” Reding said.

Each lesson was 12 minutes long and educators faced the challenge of packing as much meaningful, informative information as possible into a very limited time period. When one considers the average attention span of a typical fourth grader and the fact that each group had between 15 and 17 children, each presenter is to be commended for taking on the daunting task. Reding extended a special thanks to all volunteers, educators and teachers who worked so hard to make the Ag Day Fair a reality.

“In my opinion, it’s a two-fold opportunity,” Reding told the Daily News. “One is an opportunity for the experts involved in agriculture and safety to showcase Decatur County agriculture. They are very proud of what they do and they should be.”

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