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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Hits the Road on Day 2 of "Ag on Rt. 66" Rolling Bus Tour

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:03:10 CDT

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Hits the Road on Day 2 of 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 Two:

"Day 2 of 'Ag on Rt 66' with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom brought the opportunity for teachers to visit Yazel Ranch, where they heard from beef nutrition and animal health experts. They were also able to see a cattle sorting tub that was actually designed by Temple Grandin. State Agriculture Board Member, Jay Franklin, joined the teachers and shared about the responsibilities of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture.

"Other highlights of the day included lunch that was grown and prepared by the Vinita FFA Chapter. These students have a garden and harvested lettuce and kale yesterday for our salad, served brisket on buns that they had baked, homemade blueberry cheesecake and so much more! What an honor to be served lunch by such hard working students!

"Additionally, teachers toured Scott Johnson's farm to learn about wheat and soybean production where they were led by a former Pistol Pete, Austin Johnson. Ginger Reimer, with the Oklahoma Soybean Board, joined us, as well. Jared Miller led a tour of Miller Pecans and explained how pecans are harvested, graded, and processed. Levi Gibson, of Gibson Farms, shared his passion for agriculture.

"The day ended with a drive through Picher, OK, pictures at the Mickey Mantle statue in Commerce, OK, and a delicious steak dinner at The Red Onion in Miami.

"All tour stops are connected to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons which are aligned to the state academic standards. 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."

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



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