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Farm Day 2016

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Rutland Elementary students check out a Buff Cochin hen at the poultry display during Farm Day.
Emily Boone holds "Storm," a young Boer goat, so Sam Houston Elementary students can feel how soft he is.
Jared Goad, of Tri Green Equipment, talks with students about the use of equipment on the farm.

Second-graders from all public and private schools in Wilson County were invited to learn the ins and outs of agriculture this week.

Students visited the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on Tuesday and Wednesday where kids, teachers and parents had the opportunity to learn about livestock, farming and more.

Diane Major coordinated the 15th annual Farm Day, which was relocated to the covered arena due to Expo Center construction. Twenty-nine stations were set up to teach 1,700 youngsters everything from roping cattle to planting and even beekeeping.

"We hope that they will see the relationship between what a farmer does and the food they eat and the clothes they wear," she said. "It all starts on the farm."

Jessica Dodds represented the Wilson County Beekeepers Association at one station. She taught the importance of pollination, what happens in the hive and how long it takes to make honey.

Dodds said she got into beekeeping three years ago after seeing them at the Wilson County Fair.

"Now I've got seven hives," she added.

Feathers & Horns Ranch owner Mark Anderson and assistant Emily Boone brought three Boer goats to Farm Day - a 7-year-old doe and her two 3-week-old kids.

"We talk about what they are used for - meat - how to take care of them and where they are originally from," he said of the breed, which originated in South Africa. "A few students will ask questions, like how the babies get milk."

Major commended the volunteers and vendors for making Farm Day possible.

"There is no way I could do this without the volunteers."

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