3,200 students attend Meridian FFA Ag Expo
By Kaedy Peck
and Jessica Wayment
The Meridian FFA Chapter hosted the 10 annual Agriculture Exposition September 24th through the 26th at the Meridian Professional Technical Center.
High school students from the five high schools in Meridian School District made up the 42 speakers and 90 tour guides who presented the expo. The Elementary Agriculture Exposition is now a mandatory field trip for all the first grade classes in the Meridian School District.
The activity is an opportunity to teach the younger generation about the importance of agriculture and natural resources in our community.
The Ag expo is comprised of 32 stations. These stations are voluntarily taught and led by high school FFA students.
The thousands of elementary students were led by tour guides, in bright yellow shirts, through each of the various stations.
First graders learn about the different aspects of farming and livestock animals in the 25 various learning stations. These stations include: the Safari trailer, beehive exhibit, animal nutrition information, tractor equipment, a trout/sturgeon display, live animals ranging from hatching baby quail to cattle and horsed, and many more.
On Wednesday the 25th the Meridian FFA opened the Ag Expo to the public. Community members of all ages came to learn about agriculture. Many people came in to view the exhibits.
Dan Malan took his four year old son to the open night. “I’m really glad we went, it was very fun and informative for the kids.” The kids had a great time looking at the baby quail, horses, cattle, and chicken. This year’s expo was a big success because of the participation from the community and FFA members.
All of the equipment, displays, and animals are donated by community members, Meridian FFA members, local businesses and state commodity groups.
Milk and goody bags were donated by United Dairymen of Idaho for each of the students and classes; Idaho Power provides for the 200 yellow t-shirts handed out to tour guides.
Thanks to all who contributed to this year’s Expo, it was a great success.