Soil contest helps students dig into ag, practice for future

Standing in four-foot holes in the middle of the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande was an experience more than 170 Ohio students will not soon forget. Last year, Gallia County Farm Bureau Organization Director Kim Harless helped to coordinate a soil judging contest to help students learn about soil and give them practice for future FFA contests. Harless is one of 19 Farm Bureau organization directors who work locally to mentor and inspire future agricultural leaders. She has worked tirelessly to bring agriculture education programs back to the classroom, including getting an FFA program re-established at Jackson High School in Jackson County. Your membership supports crucial educational opportunities for young learners with a passion for the industry.

“She’s always been a big advocate not only for farmers but everyone in the community. Everything she’s involved in is kid-oriented and working toward shaping strong leaders for tomorrow. She’s super-involved. We’d definitely struggle without her.” – Matt Bennett, FFA adviser at Oak Hill High School