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Students in Fitzgerald learn about agriculture

By Jay Polk - bio | email

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) – The number of farms continues to dwindle in Georgia and fewer families now make their living off the land.

Wednesday, one school district tried to make sure students don't forget the importance of agriculture.

About 250 fifth graders from Ben Hill County Elementary School visited the county's Agriculture Pavilion to learn about farming.

A dozen exhibitors taught the students everything from how to make grits to how the weather affects South Georgia farmers.

While getting more kids interested in agriculture was part of the program, it wasn't the only lesson that organizers were trying to teach the students.

David Evans, the Advisor for the Ben Hill County Young Farmers said, "food doesn't just appear on the grocery store shelf, it doesn't just appear at the grocery store. It takes a lot to get the food to the farm to the table."

This is the third year for Ag Awareness Day in Ben Hill County. It was organized by the Ben Hill County Young Farmers Association and the Fitzgerald High School Future Farmers of America.

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