‘Agriculture is Cool’ scholarship and grant winners receive awards

Representatives from the Ohio Expositions Commission, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups recognized the winners during special ceremonies at their schools.

This year’s winners are Dominic Antronica (Galena), student, Johnnycake Corners Elementary School; Wyatt Griffey (Marysville), student, Fairbanks Elementary School; Morgan Loveday (Gallipolis), student, Washington Elementary; Andrea Rodeheffer (Minster), student; Alison Frilling (Fort Loramie), teacher; and Beth Stombaugh (Georgian Heights Alternative Elementary), teacher.

Student recipients submitted essays or creative stories about the “Agriculture is Cool” education program held during the 2012 Ohio State Fair. Teacher recipients were randomly selected from more than 50 teachers who completed a survey after visiting each of the nine interactive stations at the Ohio State Fair, and submitting lesson plans which detail how the funds will be used in their classrooms. The grants will fund equipment, materials and supplies in the classroom.

The “Agriculture is Cool” program has been recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. It included several interactive education stations throughout the fair where students could learn about:

  • The many ways Ohio’s largest industry, agriculture, impacts many facets of their everyday lives
  • Modern dairy farming and how dairy farmers take care of their cows to produce safe and wholesome milk and milk a real or simulated cow
  • Animal care and see farm animals being born and new babies interacting with their mothers
  • How modern-day tractors help Ohio farmers maintain crops
  • The beef industry and nutrition, environmental stewardship, recycling and more
  • Soy and corn production and the various uses in food, fuel and other modern items
  • How barns protect Ohio animals and keep them healthy
  • Eggs and various poultry breeds
  • How wool is spun into yarn and how the process has become more technologically innovative over time
  • The weight of animals such as cows and pigs greatly compared to the average weight of humans
  • How to protect themselves from harmful bacteria.

The Agriculture is Cool program will be open to visitors of all ages during the 2013 Ohio State Fair, July 24 – Aug. 4. For the third consecutive year, exiting fourth grade students (2012-2013 academic year) and a chaperone will be admitted for free upon presentation of a valid report card at the entrance gates.

Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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