Waxahachie ISD students spent the morning at the Ellis County Expo Center learning about agriculture from interactive exhibits. Student also gained first hand knowledge from local farmers and ranchers about production.

“Most of these kids are three or four generations removed from the farm. What we are trying to do is to put them back in contact where their food and clothes come from. Most of these students think that their food and clothes are produced at JCPenney or Walmart,” area coordinator for Texas Farm Bureau Philip Mundine said.

“So we try to put them in contact with where their food and clothes actually come from (by) letting them meet some of the local farmers and ranchers to see what they do on an everyday basis,” he said.

The event was put on by the Texas Farm Bureau and the Ellis County AgriLife Extension Service. In attendance at Thursday’s event were members of Natural Resource Conservation Service and many local farmers and ranchers volunteering their time. Exhibits included a tractor setup with local producer John Paul Dineen III, who educated students about how crops are raised and the equipment that is used in the process.

The Texas Farm Bureau had a mobile agriculture set up where students could learn about crops such as wheat, corn and the production of rice. Other exhibits educated students about livestock and animals. Animals that were at the event include horses, chickens, a dairy cow and beef cattle.

Mundine said students were also educated on how animals are important and how they are humanely treated and cared for.

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