Port St. Joe Elementary School students explore Florida agriculture

Ag Day

Roy Lee Carter, County Extension Director, teaches students about the large number of products we consume and use every day that are made from peanuts or parts of the peanut and plant.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

By Melanie Taylor
Extension Agent II
4-H/Family & Consumer Sciences


The fifth-graders from Port St. Joe Elementary School participated in the 2013 Annual 4-H Ag Adventures Field Day.  Ag Adventures is an educational, agricultural awareness program which is held annually at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. It is coordinated by extension agents in the participating counties (Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, and Jefferson) and the NFREC faculty and staff.  The program is geared toward elementary school students, and approximately 1,000 students participate each year. 

Participants learned about pumpkins, soybeans, cotton, soil, corn, and peanuts and their economic importance in our local and national industries. 

In addition to learning about these commodities and concepts, youth enjoyed fresh boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts, and popcorn popped in a kettle right there in the field, and more.  Students explored the field crops and a six foot deep soil pit. 

Leaving on a tractor-pulled-wagon with their own sugar pumpkin in-hand, youth were encouraged to bake pumpkin pies and roast the seeds to share with their families. This field day took youth on an agricultural journey from the seed to the consumer. 

Many thanks to the NFREC faculty and staff, participating schools, program volunteers, Farm Bureau, and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida for their continued support.  The results of the combined contributions of these supporters are manifested in average student learning gains each year. 

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