Conservation district hosts ag. tour

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Fourth graders, from left, Olivia Piper, Deja Sweigart and Hudson Soccio pet ‘Justa,’ a 5-month-old broad breasted white turkey, during the 2019 Juniata County Ag Education Tour Tuesday morning at Lovetwo Farm in East Waterford.

EAST WATERFORD — The Juniata County Conservation District held an agriculture education tour for fourth grade students from East Juniata and Juniata elementary schools Tuesday at Lovetwo Farm in East Waterford.

The event was designed to help students better understand the business of agriculture and what they can do to be safe farmers and workers in the field. Mindy Musser, of the Juniata County Conservation District, gave a brief overview of the goals of the event.

“Our goal is to get kids interested in a career in agriculture. We want them to have a better perspective of where their food comes from and how its prepared. We just want them to be better consumers overall,” Musser said. “We want to teach them how to vote for officials who are committed to agriculture and conservation plans to help them better the industry and themselves in the long run.”

A few of the tour activities included a wagon ride, a station to promote farm safety, an area to show off agricultural equipment, games and a pesticide safety presentation. The event also provided students’ with the opportunity to fulfill a requirement made for all fourth-grade students throughout the state.

With support from the community, Musser said, “the idea for the event is for this to become an annual thing.”

The tour was funded through a One Time Growing Community grant from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, as well as donations from sponsors including Sheetz; Juniata County Farm Bureau; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Dotterer Equipment; Farm Service Agency; East Juniata Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization; Juniata County Conservation District; Juniata County Dairy Council; Juniata Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization; Juniata River Valley Chamber Business and Education Committee; Funding by Partnership for Career Development/SCPa Works; Parson Septic and Porta-Pot Service; East Juniata High School Future Farmers of America; Juniata County Agricultural Society; Juniata County 4-H Poultry Club; Juniata County Master Gardener Program; Juniata High School Future Farmers of America; Kiwanis Club of Juniata County; LandPro Equipment; Millerstown Veterinary Clinic; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Ox Dynasty Drewes Homestead; Penn State Extension; Seed Consultants; and West Branch Crop Consultants.