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Farming Your Future to immerse students in agriculture industry
May 17 at Herkimer County Fairgrounds

April 18, 2017



FRANKFORT – Local students from a three-BOCES region will have the opportunity to interact with agriculture professionals, experience hands-on activities, watch demonstrations, view mainstage presentations and more during the first Farming Your Future event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort.

Farming Your Future, dubbed “where agriculture meets education,” is organized by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program, Madison-Oneida BOCES, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and the STC Agriculture Committee.

“School To Careers is very excited to lead the region forward in this unprecedented experience that will enrich the lives of our students,” STC Director Dr. Christopher Groves said. “Students will be exposed to potential careers in agriculture, agritourism and agribusiness and learn that there are plentiful opportunities right here in our region.”

It’s anticipated that about 1,200 students in grades 6-10 from the three-BOCES region will attend. Students will have the opportunity to visit numerous exhibitors in each of four domains:
  1. Technology and Equipment.
     
  2. Horticulture and Plant Science.
     
  3. Animal Care and Livestock.
     
  4. End Products and Forestry.

“The exhibitors are experts in their fields and are passionate about agriculture,” said Groves, who holds a Ph.D. with a focus on rural education. “They will introduce students to various career fields, innovative agricultural approaches and the latest technological advances.”

Exhibitors will be answering questions, telling stories, engaging students, giving demonstrations and providing hands-on experiences.

Rotating mainstage presentations will provide a “wow factor” for students as aspects of the agriculture industry are showcased, Groves said.

Schools will arrive as their travel times dictate. They will go through a welcome station and then enter each of the four domains between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Students will spend an hour and 10 minutes exploring each of the four domains, and groups will have the option to visit the 30-minute mainstage presentations throughout the day.

If you work in the agriculture industry and are interested in becoming an exhibitor at Farming Your Future, please contact the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program by calling 315-867-2202.





 
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