Leadership Washington learns about agriculture
What is the oldest known plant used for livestock feed? What is a poult? How many footballs can you make out of a hide of beef? The Leadership Washington class learned the answers to these and many more questions as they attended Ag Day in March.
The group met at the Washington County Extension Office where they completed a hands on activity on the importance of a farmer mixing feed properly. The group boarded a bus and visited area farming operations. In the morning they learned about turkeys at Bates Family Farms and cattle production at the Matt Wulf farm where they had an opportunity to bottle feed a calf. The final stop of the morning was Premier Sheep Supplies in rural Washington where they had the opportunity to tour the business, learn of their catalog business, and learn about the sheep operation.
The group returned to the Extension Office for lunch. Aaron Putze with the Iowa Soybean Association presented a program about agriculture in Iowa. Amy Green, Washington County Extension County Youth coordinator, gave a presentation on farm safety.
During the afternoon the group visited with Jim Cuddeback and saw different types of farm equipment, learned what it would cost to be a beginning farmer, saw a video on agriculture in operation, and saw generations of farm equipment. The last stop was the Don and Sheryl Lewis farm where the group learned of their Niman Ranch pigs and the differences between commercial hog production and all-natural pork production.
Learning about agriculture continued on the bus as the group split into teams and played the game “Ag Day Jeopardy.” Leadership Washington Ag Day was sponsored by Washington County Farm Bureau. The coordinators for the day were: Sheryl Lewis, Nancy Adrian, and Rachel Fishback.