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Expo-sing Kids to Agriculture

22 Sep

It’s technically the last day of summer today, although once Labor Day rolls around and the irrigation water goes off, it already feels like Fall to me. It’s been a crazy, stressful summer so we’re glad harvest is commencing and crops are rolling out of the fields.

One thing that marks the beginning of Fall for me is our local Ag Expo. Hosted by the Laramie Peak CattleWomen here in Platte County, we invite the local 3rd and 4th graders to come learn about agriculture. I’ve organized the event for the past two years and enjoy watching the kids learn about my favorite industry.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Laramie Peak CattleWoman Bonnie Terrell talks about the importance of a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. With nutrients like zinc, iron and protein, BEEF is a part of a healthy diet!

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Wyoming Game & Fish’s Jeff O’Brecht talks about wildlife and uses a collection of hides, horns, antlers and bones for hands-on learning.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Brown Company, our local equipment dealership, brought a New Holland tractor and a Polaris Ranger for kids to experience. Laura Lauck explained how equipment is used on the farm or ranch.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Wheatland FFA member Samantha Kernin discussed sheep with the students. She explained the different breeds and how their products are used.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Glendo FFA Members talked about horses with the kids while two miniature ponies were on display.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Mary Ann from Platte County Extension talked about composting with the students. The kids enjoyed seeing how they could use “trash” to help improve their garden soil.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

LeRoy Jons from Platte County Extension showed the kids the high tunnel located on the Fairgrounds. He discussed how the structure extends our short growing season and the kids enjoyed sneaking a tomato or green bean.

2015 Platte County Ag Expo | The Farm Paparazzi

Laramie Peak CattleWomen President Jan Hyche and member Deanna Christensen taught the kids about branding cattle. The students got to hold down and “brand” a “cow”, learned how to read a brand, made their own brand and left with a Wyoming CattleWomen I Heart Beef temporary tattoo.

Thank you to the students, teachers and bus drivers for coming to our Ag Expo year after year. We appreciate all the volunteers, including CattleWomen members, the Glendo FFA Chapter, the Wheatland FFA Chapter, Brown Company of Wheatland, Platte County Weed and Pest, Platte County Extension, and Wyoming Game and Fish. We also appreciate the wonderful help of the Platte County Fairgrounds staff and use of their facilities.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

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Experiencing Agriculture Hands-On

13 Oct

RealRanchers.com featured the 2014 Laramie Peak CattleWomen Ag Expo writeup we sent them. This was my first year organizing this event after more than a decade of Chugwater rancher Judy West orchestrating the event. A great day and fun had by all!

Real Ranchers

Thank you to Donita Graves, Laramie Peak CattleWomen for your contribution!
It was recognized years ago that generations of young people were moving further away from their roots in agriculture. No longer was their awareness of where the basic components of daily life had their origin. As a result, the Wyoming CattleWomen organized an outreach program, called Ag Expos, that teamed up with various local businesses and agencies to offer a fun, hands-on day for third and fourth graders across the state. The Laramie Peak CattleWomen (LPCW) got involved in hosting their own each fall.

The 2014 Laramie Peak CattleWomen Ag Expo was hosted by Top Hat Arena in Wheatland. About 175 elementary students attended the event. The 2014 Laramie Peak CattleWomen Ag Expo was hosted by Top Hat Arena in Wheatland. About 175 elementary students attended the event.

Dozens of individual farmers and ranchers, as well as local agricultural businesses willingly commit themselves to take part on alternate years. Liz Lauck, this year’s chairman, coordinated 10 “stations” with each business responsible…

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