What do you know about Florida agriculture? If you’re not sure, just ask the fifth-graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School.

What do you know about Florida agriculture?  If you’re not sure, just ask the fifth-graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School.  On Monday, Sept. 24 they participated in an annual field trip, Ag Adventures Day, at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy.  Ag Adventures Day is designed to teach 4th-6th grade students in Northwest Florida about agriculture through hands-on learning.  Each group of students (an estimated total of 900 for the entire week) rotated through a variety of Florida agriculture related booths taught by Extension Agents, Extension Researchers, and volunteers with topics ranging from pumpkins, peanuts, cotton, corn, and soil types.

The field trip began with a fun, crisp -autumn ride on the “gator” wagons to the farm.  As they learned about agricultural crops, they were also given the chance to touch, smell, and even taste some of the products.  Some of the student’s favorite things were to walk through the pumpkin field, dig peanuts, pick cotton, walk down into the soil pit, and find their way out of the corn maze.  The fifth graders from Gulf County had a great day filled with hands-on, outdoor educational activities.

Now that these students have had a little taste of Florida agriculture we hope they will share their knowledge with their family, friends, and neighbors.  Learning about agriculture helps them to understand the link between food growing in a field and what they see in the grocery store. This understanding is becoming more important with changing times.

So, let’s practice your agriculture knowledge…

 1.    Who were the first people to use pumpkins as a staple in their diets? Answer: Native American Indians

2.        What process is used to separate cottonseed from fiber? Answer: ginning

3.        How many pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products does the average American consume every year?  Answer: more than six pounds

4.        What is it called when rocks break down by rain, wind, and time? Answer: weathering

This annual program is sponsored by the Gulf County Extension Office, UF/IFAS Extension, 4-H youth development, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, Florida Farm Bureau, University of Florida, and Florida Ag in the Classroom. We want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone who made this fun-filled day possible!

4-H is a youth development program for youth ages 8-18 that is assisted greatly by adult volunteers.  If you are interested in participating as a 4-Her or an adult volunteer please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office.  She may be reached at 639-3200, 229-2909, or metaylor@ufl.edu.   4-H is MORE than you ever IMAGINED!  Come join the FUN!