Clark County Farm Bureau®
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December was another busy month for Clark County Ag in the Classroom. Clark County students engaged in interactive learning about trees. Pre-K through grades 3 watched age-appropriate videos, pulled information from text, while learning many interesting facts. They used that information to make “Learning Trees” for their classrooms. Grades 4-6 also watched an educational video and played a game demonstrating the life essentials for trees and the effects of overcrowding. Kim Davidson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator explained that while trees are a crop, they must be carefully managed and replenished.
If you have questions about the program or would like to learn more, please contact Kim at the Clark County Farm Bureau at (217) 382-4144.
Clark County Ag in the Classroom held its annual Ag Career Day on March 7, 2016 at the Martinsville Bible Church. The goal of the program is to assist, prepare and educate Clark County FFA students for their post high school journey. The sessions were designed to aid students with completing college or employment applications, preparation for successful interviews, explaining the differences between technical and preparatory degrees and the vast agricultural career fields available to them. There were a total of 47 freshmen and sophomore students from Marshall, Martinsville and Casey High Schools. The program was coordinated by Clark County Ag Awareness Coordinator, Kim Davidson.
The morning consisted of four session: “Completing an Application” led by, Pam Hartke of Lake Land College and Marcie Morris of Yargus Manufacturing; “Good Interview/Bad Interview” led by, Jessie Crews, University of Illinois Extension; “What’s Next: Tech or Prep?” led by, Jason Emmert, University of Illinois and Rick Davidson, Arysta Lifescience; and “Ag Careers-Where Are You Headed?” led by Buddy Haas, University of Illinois. All of the presenters have careers in or have an agricultural background.
After lunch, the students were transported to Littlejohn Grain. Doug Littlejohn gave them a limited tour as Mother Nature presented rain and created muddy conditions. He explained the complex operation of his facility and how his facility assists the farming industry. Doug encouraged the students and offered future support in the event they had any questions concerning his operation or assistance in agriculture.
Our sincere appreciation is extended to many for the success of this program: Doug Littlejohn and his staff at Littlejohn Grain for their time and tour of their facility; Martinsville Bible Church for allowing us to utilize their building; Shore Ag Inc. for sponsoring lunch for the students, presenters and volunteers; Dave Shore and Brad Horner for delivering and serving lunch; Clark County High School principals and their Ag teachers, Ashlee Crouch, Bryan Bennett and Brian Haskins for allowing their students to participate in this important event; Tony Trimble, Clark County Farm Bureau Manager, along with our wonderful presenters and Ag Advisory Council Member, Jim Nestleroad.