October 18, 2018

First Heard County Farm Day

 

(Franklin, GA) — If you talk to a third or fourth grader in Heard County this week, be sure and ask them what they did last Tuesday at school! You may be surprised to get a variety of interesting answers.

They may tell you they got to pet a calf, touch a chicken, discover how to milk a goat, learn about bees, climb on a tractor or watch a rodeo! Regardless they had a great day!

Heard County students had the opportunity to participate in the First Heard County Farm Day in Franklin on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

The Farm Day was coordinated and sponsored by the West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Heard County Commission, Heard County Farm Bureau, Heard County Board of Education, Heard County FFA, and Carroll EMC.

The event provided all of the third and fourth grade students the opportunity to learn about agriculture and natural resources from some firsthand experience!

Held at the Heard County Covered Arena, located off GA Highway 100, the event featured short presentations on topics such as beekeeping, egg candling, goat milking, beef cattle production, forest management, erosion control and geology, watershed protection, wildlife management, and livestock production.

All of the farm presenters were local farmers. Other highlights included the Georgia Deer Farm who brought some farm equipment for the students to touch.

The Georgia Forestry Commission exhibited their fire protection equipment and Smoky Bear made an appearance!

Another very important lesson was taught by Carroll EMC. They taught the students about the importance of respecting powerlines and other electrical dangers around their communities.

After lunch the students were treated to a short exhibition from the Heard County Junior Rodeo Team which included a presentation of colors, trick roping, and barrel racing.

Presenters included local farmers, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Carroll EMC, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, GA Department of Natural Resources, Two Rivers RC&D, and others.

Also, special thanks to Hannah’s Market for providing plants for decorating the event.

“We hope this will become an annual event”, says Shemekia Mosley from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It is so important that our youth understand the importance of agriculture to this community and our country.”

For more information about USDA NRCS and it’s services and programs, please visit the website at www.ga.usda.nrcs.

The local NRCS office is located at 408 N White Street in Carrollton, Georgia. This office services the counties of Carroll, Haralson, and Heard.

(Photos courtesy of Debbie O’Neal/Times~Journal)

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