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County fourth graders participate in AG Day

| September 10, 2015

COSHOCTON – Fourth grade students from all county schools met at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Sept. 10 for a day of learning and fun. Thirteen stations set up around the south side of the fairgrounds taught students about programs offered at OSU Extension with a focus on 4-H, poultry, pumpkins, bees, grains, greenhouses, soil and water, sheep, farm safety, beef, dairy, and swine.

“The purpose of this day is to teach kids all about agriculture,” said Kari Burkey, organization director of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Students rotated among the stations every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. with a lunch break at about noon.

“They’re learning all about photosynthesis, pollination, what it takes to raise and take care of animals, and 4-H opportunities,” said Burkey.

Burkey stressed that the day could not have happened without the many volunteers.

“I want to thank all the volunteer presenters who volunteer their time each year because they understand the importance of teaching these kids about agriculture,” she said.

One such presenter was Alana Lapp, office manager at Darr Farms.

“I do it because I like doing it for the kids,” she said. “I’ve always been really involved in 4-H and that kind of stuff, and even though we live in an agricultural community, our general population is losing what agriculture is all about.”

The kids enjoyed their day doing a variety of fun and sometimes silly activities, all while learning the importance of agriculture.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Phillip Goerig, 4-H program assistant at OSU Extension Coshocton County. “4-H is such a great opportunity that not a lot of people know about that is not only available to farm kids, but to city kids as well. It’s great for kids to come here for AG Day. We try to make kids aware of where their food comes from.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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