By Jacob Spivey
WOODVILLE – More than 350 young people from all six elementary schools throughout the county were able to come to the Tyler County Fair Grounds for 2022 Tyler County Agriculture Education Day on Sept. 22.
This day is sponsored by Tyler County Farm Bureau each year and invites every fourth-grade student in the county to come participate and learn about agriculture.
This event brings together a variety of agriculture advocacy groups to showcase agriculture for young people and teach them where our food comes from.
Tyler County Farm Bureau was joined by the county FFA Chapters and the Tyler County AgriLife Extension Office in organizing the event. Chapter FFA leaders showcased their leadership skills and passion for agriculture by leading the fourth graders, as well as part of the McGee Bend District Officer team taught about agricultural products produced in Texas. In addition, Woodville FFA Member Emma McClure showcased her fallow deer project with her family’s Cypress Creek Ranch.
Students were shown a variety of different presentations that were modeled to meet the fourth-grade science TEKS. Presentations included a Dairy Cow presentation from Southwest Dairy Raisers and Jessica Harrington, Animal Safety by the Tyler County Emergency Management Office, Tonya Sheffield.
Game Warden Brandon Mosley presented boat safety and how to interact with a police officer. Beekeeper Cindy Derrick taught the students all about bees. Conor McInnerney and his team at Texas A&M Forest Service taught about fire safety. Courtney McInnerney Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist brought an alligator to teach students about wildlife safety.
Tyler County Fair Board Member Joshua Johanson taught about the pork industry and how pigs go from farm to fork. Regan Bounds with the Texas Forestry Association used the Project Learning Tree curriculum to teach our students all about the biggest agriculture products in our part of the world, timber.
It can never be overstated how important it is to remember the connections we can make to agriculture, and despite the heat, the fourth graders enjoyed their day.