Education, fun and friendship were all on the agenda for the 2019 ExploreAg camps. Dozens of high school students from across Ohio participated in the second annual STEM-based ExploreAg camps, which are sponsored through Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Fisher Fund.
Students were introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences and more through hands-on learning. The weeklong camps took place on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and Central State University in Wiberforce. The number of camps doubled this year to four with about two dozen students attending each camp to learn about food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business.
The students met industry leaders both in the classroom and on site at their businesses and farms to learn about various careers in related fields as well as the latest cutting-edge research. They also learned from experts about the importance of being active in their field of interest. The students visited a wide variety of places, including Bob Evans and Dole Foods, BioHio Research Facility, Mohican River environmental lab, Coalescence, Ohio State’s engineering and veterinary schools, John Deere and Select Sires.
Sponsors for this year’s camps included Nationwide, Bob Evans, Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and county Farm Bureaus.