Five Graves County elementary schools recently participated in Agriculture Day 2019 at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. The Graves County Conservation District sponsors the annual event. It’s designed to teach fourth-graders about the sources of the food supply and similar topics. Altogether, some 200 students and their teachers attended.
“At the Agriculture Day, participants… learn about agriculture, visiting stations on topics such as farm equipment, fish and wildlife, where does food come from, Pilgrim’s Pride, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, cows, soil, swine, etc.,” said conservation district chairman Phil Holloway. “Demonstrations and other activities… reinforce agriculture and farm information for each participant to learn…”
Graves County continues its long history as a leading agriculture producer among Kentucky’s 120 counties. Still, the number and percentage of families living on farms here decreased significantly in recent decades with the advent of increased corporate farming.
Erica Marshall of the Graves County Conservation District office led this year’s Agriculture Day, as she has in recent years. She said partnering organizations in the project help the students, who are 9 to 10 years old, to understand that the grocery store is the connection between families and the original source of the food supply – farms.
Graves County Central Elementary School students pause to pose for a picture.