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FFA Day a thrill for South Routt students

Organization members promote agriculture at elementary school

— Students at South Routt Elementary School learned Wednesday that farming isn't just about cows and sheep.

"One acre of soybeans can make 82,000 crayons," Soroco National FFA Organization Vice President Abbey Horn told a group of first-graders during the elementary school's annual FFA Day.

One of the students reacted to the news with an "ooooooh."

Horn and Soroco FFA President Jaelyn Whaley continued narrating a video that taught the young students that there are 24 million agriculture jobs in the United States and that one farmer can feed 155 people.

"For some of them, it blows their mind," Horn said about the facts. "I remember sitting where those kids are sitting, and now it's time for us to give back."

Horn said when she was an elementary school student, FFA Day helped inspire her to join the group that focuses on agricultural education. The annual tradition continued Wednesday as all of the elementary school students got a crash course on FFA and where food comes from. They also were challenged to identify pictures of crops and plants. Then they headed outside to pet goats, ponies and sheep.

"It's fun because we get to get so close and pet them," first-grader Ava Grasty said after she passed around a baby goat to her friends. "I don't get to do this very often."

Under the supervision of Soroco FFA members, the elementary students also got to sit in the driver's seat of an old John Deere tractor, practice their roping skills and pet horses.

First-grade teacher Debra Knott said the annual event is even more important today because most of her students don't live on farms or ranches.

"They need to know where their food comes from besides that it comes from the grocery store," Knott said as the students headed back inside. "They love FFA Day. They love anything that's hands on."

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