Ellis County Farm Bureau and the Agri-Life Extension Office sponsored Ag Day on Thursday at the Ellis County Expo Center.

The theme for the program was “Learning Where Food and Fiber Come From.”

Students from Shackelford, Northside, Wedgeworth and Felty elementaries attended several workshops where they learned information on a variety of topics.

“A lot of youngsters think food only comes from the grocery store,” said Glen Moore, county entomologist. “Many don’t know that food comes from the farm.”

Shawna Richardson, ag program coordinator for the Ellis County Farm Bureau, explained the program.

“We have ag students from the Ninth Grade Academy here who are serving as group leaders,” she said. “And we have three youth from a 4-H Club that are conducting stations on food safety.”

Richardson noted that Oncor was conducting an arc demonstration and teaching youth about electrical hazards.

Other workshops dealt with issues such as farm equipment safety, cotton, horse care conducted by a local farrier, poultry and a rain simulation conducted by the National Resource Conservation Services. Other workshop leaders spoke about wildlife and livestock, and Southwest Dairy conducted a milking demonstration.

“We have 422 students registered for the program,” Richardson said. “We had them come in two different shifts today beginning at 9:30 a.m.”

This is the third year Farm Bureau and the Agri-Life Extension Office has conducted Ag Day.

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