Jackson County first graders put down their books and put on their straw hats. It's a field trip the county's youngsters take every year to learn about the agriculture industry hands on.
Half of the county's first graders participated in the 4-H Ag Adventure on Thursday, the other half of Friday. It's a chance to learn about the life of a farmer and they do that by visiting 12 different stations set up at the University of Florida IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Greenwood.
There was a station for corn, peanuts, cattle, and even cotton. First graders got to pet live stock and learn how to compost.
Ben Knowles is a 4-H agent with the University of Florida's IFAS and 4-H Youth Development Program out of the Jackson county extension office. He says agriculture is not only a big part of Jackson County but the state of Florida…therefore it's important to explain to the students where the food comes from. "So when they get older they can make decisions that are good for farmer and for the Ag industry," says Knowles.
Students didn't leave empty-handed nor did they leave without a trip through the corn-maze, which seemed to be the highlight of the trip.
The University of Florida's IFAS and 4-H Youth Development Program out of the Jackson county Extension office has year round programs. In the Spring, they will offer day camps and a science fair.