The Marion-Florence FFA chapter hosted its annual FFA Ag Awareness Day on Monday at the USD 408 transportation building at Eisenhower and Main Sts. in Marion.
Third graders from Hillsboro and Marion were invited, and approximately 90 students participated.
FFA members organized and presented sessions about farming practices involving agricultural equipment, safety, and animals. Third graders rotated to different groups to learn about each facet of agricultural life.
Presentations were eight minutes long and included activities such as pushing a 2,400-pound hay bale, and petting and feeding animals.
Presenters were: Dylan Carpenter, Dylan Pippin, and Remington Putter, ATV safety; Elizabeth Meyer and Carley Stapleford, sheep; Raleigh Kroupa and Bret Voth, hay balers; Meggan Frese and Alli Molleker, horses; Kaitlyn Goebel and Krisde Robinson, rabbits; Aidan Cairns and Malachi Sippel, poultry; Nicholas Stuchlik and Zane Slater, combines; Zac Dvorak and Landon Pedersen, goats; Cade Harms and Jarrett McLinden, cattle; Antone Vinduska and Tyler Makovec, swathers; and Caleb Hett, tillage equipment.
Cooperative Grain and Supply, Straub Equipment, the Natural Resource and Conservation Service, and Prairieland Partners helped with making presentations and supplying equipment.