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Sturgeon High School FFA hosts ‘Food for America’

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Food fiber and fuel, the morning and afternoon of April 6, kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Sturgeon R-V learned where those things came from and how their farming friends and neighbors made it happen.

The students were guests of the Sturgeon R-V FFA chapter’s 75 members as they held the chapter’s first Food for America Day in the Sturgeon Fairgrounds’ parking lot.

Brooklyn Dougherty talking about raising pigs with three Sturgeon R-V Elementary School Students during the SHS FFA chapter’s “Food for America Day” event.

According to  the national FFA website: “Food For America is an educational program focusing on agricultural literacy in elementary schools and communities. It is a program developed to assist FFA members and all agricultural education students in leadership skill development as they reach out to youth, peers and their entire communities by sharing the world of agriculture.”

Taylor Bryant, R-V agriculture instructor and FFA advisor said the FFA students had brought some of their SAEs, supervised agricultural experiences, to represent the various commodity groups and career opportunities supported by Sturgeon-area agriculture along with informational fliers to distribute to the grade-school students.

The 19 stations included: small animals care; plant germination; ag communication – how to get the message out regarding the benefits of agriculture. Hannah Gilpin talked about how she loved taking pictures of agricultural settings, such as her photo of a John Deere tractor in the sunset.

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