After attending an FFA Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. this summer, Junior Erica Baier felt the need to spread the word on the importance of farming and agriculture in local communities to students at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn.
“I really identified a need in the community and came up with an idea to fix the need,” Baier said. “The need was finding a way to spread the world about agriculture to those in my community.” The first annual Ag Day was held at Right Turn Reed Store on Friday, Oct. 18 where Baier spoke to A-D-M third grade students about agriculture and agricultural practices.
At the event, six different stations were set up including cattleman, poultry and Iowa corn. John Deer, Van Wall and Monsanto were also present to provide kids with an activity regarding their industry.
“Most kids at A-D-M don’t know much about agriculture,” Baier said. “I think this really helped answer some questions the kids had.”
Baier hopes to start implementing Ag Day each year and for the school to look into an agricultural program at the high school level.
Currently, A-D-M does not have an agricultural program; however, they do partner with Earlham Community Schools to provide those interested in agriculture with hands-on education.