COLUMBIA — For the Battle High School FFA club's first Agriculture Science Day, the agriculture department resembled a county fair petting zoo.
Cows lowed in pens, chickens pecked at the dirt and baby goats rested in students' arms as different classes entered. The event included a petting zoo, farm Olympic games, a hay ride and an ultrasound of sheep.
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Larry Henneke, the agriculture teacher at Battle, was in charge of putting the event together. He emphasized the importance of young people understanding where the food they eat comes from.
"A lot of the (agriculture) kids here don't come from a farm background," Henneke said. “Kids are so far removed from all this."
For many of the students, the highlight was interacting with the animals at the petting zoo as they learned about the food production and agricultural processes.
Henneke said students need a basic understanding of agriculture production because some of them will go into a related field.
He said he felt the event was successful because of all the smiling students he saw participating in the different activities.