The Marion FFA Chapter hosted its 13th annual Ag Awareness Day May 8 at the high school football stadium parking lot.
About 90 third-graders from Hillsboro and Marion schools toured 14 different educational stations that were led by FFA members. The topics ranged from farm animals to farm machinery.
The animals were provided by the FFA students and the machinery by Prairieland Partners and Straub International, both from Marion.
“Our goals for the day are to educate elementary children about the types of production agriculture in our county and to help them be aware of some of the safety issues involved in working around this machinery or with animals,” said Mark meyer, adviser.
“It also ends up being a great way for FFA members to practice making a presentation and teach younger kids. I am always impressed with some of my presenters who do a great job in this setting who would not be as comfortable giving a speech to peers or in school.”
Following is the list of station topics, with the names of the students who led them:
• Poultry, Alicia Maloney;
• Ag trivia, Lauren McLinden, John Nordquist;
• Beef cattle, Jacob Cope;
• Combines, Dylan Carpenter and Landon Pedersen;
• Planting Equipment, Clint Kroupa and Nick Meyer;
• Hay balers, Bret Voth and Raleigh Kroupa;
• Goats, Zac Dvorak, Cadan Bernhardt and Remington Putter;
• ATV safety, Zac Lewman and Sean Buchanan;
• Sheep, Elizabeth Meyer and Kayla Kroupa;
• Swine, Cody Parmley and Dylan Pippin;
• Horses, Caitlyn Maloney;
• Entomology, Malachi Sippel and Austin Molleker;
• Swathers, Seth Snelling & Clark Kroupa;
• Petting zoo, Ericka Herzet.