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Ag on Route 66- the Summer Tour of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Program is Rolling in Green Country

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:37:24 CDT

Ag on Route 66- the Summer Tour of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Program is Rolling in Green Country Audrey Harmon is the State Coordinator for the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program- and she is helping lead a tour in northeast Oklahoma this week, showing a group of Oklahoma educators about agriculture and how the food we eat is produced. Audrey is blogging for us on the Oklahoma Farm Report- and here is her report from Day One:

"Educators from across Oklahoma are traveling on Route 66 with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom to experience agriculture up close and personal. The purpose of this trip is to allow teachers to ask questions and interact with agricultural producers in the state in the hope that their Ag Literacy will be increased and they will educate students about agriculture. This trip is sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Southwest Dairy, and a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, so the cost to the educators is minimal.

"Tom and Phylis Holcomb greeted teachers at their farm and shared their lifestyle with the teachers encouraging them to ask questions about agriculture and raising beef. Rick and Ginger Reimer discussed Temple Grandin and demonstrated moving cattle calmly, calling cattle to feed, and roping calves.

"Teachers were able to pick blueberries at Canyon Berry Farm. Then they moved on to Shepherd's Cross to learn about sheep- teachers participated in carding, spinning and dying wool. Representative Mark Lepak joined the teachers at this stop and welcomed them to Claremore. At Swan's Dairy they were able to see the cows being milked, which was a first for several.

"The day concluded with Mike and Martha Armitage becoming the tour guides. Mike joined the teachers on the bus to explain their beef and quarter horse operation. Martha prepared a delicious Chuckwagon feast for supper, including Rib Eye Sandwiches. What a great first day, and there's two more ahead!"

The picture above is of Mike Armitage, showing the teachers his cattle ranch via a bus tour.

There are more pictures posted on the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Facebook page- click here to check them out.



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