October 06, 2017
The Cherokee County Farm Field Day was Sept. 27 in Sand Rock, where students learned about major commodities produced in the county and across the state. Cherokee County Farmers Federation board member and former dairy farmer Phyllis Jones, center, taught 300 third-graders the difference between dairy and beef cattle. Other stations taught students about corn, soybeans, chickens, cotton and other commodities.
Thanks to hard work from Cherokee County farm organizations including the Farmers Federation and Farm-City Committee, 300 third-graders are more familiar with food and fiber production.
The Cherokee County Farm Field Day, founded in the mid-2000s, was Sept. 27 in Sand Rock.
Dewandee Neyman is the Farm-City Committee co-chair and said she’s always excited to teach kids about ag in easy-to-understand terms.
“We’ve been using the word ‘commodity’ with them,” Neyman said. “We try to cover the basics with them because that’s what they need.”
The third-graders learned about soybeans, cotton, corn, chickens, the difference in dairy and beef cattle and more. Local FFA and FCCLA chapters manned the stations.