Day Two of the Ag in the Classroom Summer Tour Was Another Home Run Along Historic Route 66Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:37:08 CDT
Yesterday was day two of the Ag in the Classroom 2018 summer tour across Oklahoma. The tour this year is focusing on northeastern Oklahoma- and Audrey Harmon with the Ag in the Classroom program at the Oklahoma Department of Ag provides us with more play by play of the teachers getting up close and personal with agriculture along Route 66:
Day 2 of "Ag on Rt 66" with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom brought the opportunity for teachers to visit Miller Pecans where Jared Miller led a tour and explained how pecans are harvested, graded, and processed. Michelle Clogston and Michael Robinson with Oklahoma AgCredit came to present AITC with a matching donation from CoBank for the AITC teachers to attend the National AITC Conference. Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County Extension Director, greeted teachers and welcomed them to the county. Raney Rapp, from FARM TALK News in Kansas traveled with us to provide press coverage in Oklahoma and Kansas highlighting the tour.
Scott and Kim Johnson gave teachers a tour of their family farm, explaining feed rations, wheat and soybean production, and their cow/calf operation.
Other highlights of the day included lunch that was grown and prepared by the Vinita FFA Chapter. These students have a garden and harvested the produce for our salad, served brisket, homemade strawberry cheesecake and so much more! What an honor to be served lunch by such hard working students! The lunch was hosted at Yazel Ranch, where educators were able to see a cattle sorting tub that was designed by Temple Grandin. State Agriculture Board Member, Jay Franklin, joined the teachers and shared about the responsibilities of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture. Mark Yazel spent time explaining his cattle operation and his passion for agriculture.
This year, educators were able to tour the Quapaw processing plant at Miami. Bison, beef, pork, sheep, and goats are all processed here. This facility also uses an alley and corral system designed by Temple Grandin. On the way to dinner, we drove through Picher, OK, and took pictures at the Mickey Mantle statue in Commerce, OK. A delicious Farm to Table dinner was served at the Quapaw Downstream Hotel. The meat served was processed by the Quapaw Cattle Company.
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, and Southwest Dairy, so the cost to the educators is minimal.
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