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4th-graders take a look at agriculture

Fourth-graders at Monday’s Ag Day rushed forward when Carmen Greiner, left, told them it was OK to pet her pig.

Monday’s Ag Day was the 16th that Gabe Nobbe has chaired. And he attended it years earlier as a fourth-grade student. 

Nonetheless, the annual activity was the first for many fourth-graders who attended in the livestock buildings and Expo Hall. And changing it up a little, Nobbe said, adds some dimension to it.

The activity is conducted annually by the Connersville High School FFA, Fayette County Farm Bureau, Purdue Extension Service and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District. Nobbe is the FFA advisor, whose members helped guide groups of students from one activity area to the next and who conducted some of the demonstrations.

The idea is to help young people learn about modern agriculture. Fourth-graders from all Fayette County elementary schools, public and private, attended, Nobbe said.

This year’s program included an emphasis on farm safety for the first time in several years. Representatives from Duke Energy joined presenters from the sponsoring organizations who talked about farm economics, nutrition and other topics.

A big attraction is always the farm animals. FFA members showed several, much to the delight of their young audience.

Connersville High School junior Carmen Greiner brought a Duroc pig from home. After she paraded the animal in front of a group of eager students, she told them to go ahead and pet it. One student said its hairy hide felt kind of like a horse.

Freshman Evan Shafer picked up a red hen and, in short order, showed the students how he could put her to sleep.

“My grandpa taught me how,” he said, as he gently pulled her head out from under her wing. Neat trick.