Agriculture instructors from three Marion County high schools joined colleagues from across the state for the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Symposium, Jan. 24-26, in Dodge City.
Attending from area schools were Mark Meyer from Marion, Sonya Roberts from Hillsboro, Ryan Panko from Peabody-Burns, and Laura Klenda and Mark Hager from Centre.
The educators attended workshops and heard from a variety of speakers. Andy Armbruster spoke on the importance of preparing students to enter a changing agricultural work force. Michael Strohschein of K-State-Olathe and Sarah Bowser of Nutrients for Life addressed grant writing.
Instructors also learned about the interconnections among human, animal and environmental health, and reviewed food science by examining the role of sight, texture, aroma and tastes.
The instructors could participate in a tour of Dodge City industries, including Winter Feed Yard, Servi-Tech, Forget-Me-Not Dairy, Spearville Wind Farm and the National Beef meat processing plant.