2022 Top of Ohio school tour

The Logan County Top of Ohio Ag Tour committee continued the tradition of educating youth about agriculture, by holding their ag education day for the county’s second and fifth graders Sept. 22 and 23 at the Logan County Fairgrounds. This long-standing program took a break because of COVID but was back this year so students could learn more about where their food comes from and how agriculture ties into their community on a day-to-day basis. 

2022 Top of Ohio school day tourThis year the committee worked with multiple agriculture and community organizations to provide educational stations, presentations, and interactive displays for the students to participate and learn from. 

The second graders from Benjamin Logan, Bellefontaine, and Indian Lake participated Sept. 22 and learned from multiple interactive presentations. They studied a farm animal unit presented by the Indian Lake FFA program. In this unit, students rotated to stations to learn about sheep, goats, cattle, horses, chickens, and rabbits. Students rotated to other presentations that day,  which included learning about soils with the Logan County Soil & Water Conservation District, identifying food groups and healthy eating by Mary Rutan Hospital and learning about electricity from Logan Electric Cooperative. Other presenters from Logan County included the Farmers Market, Health Department,  Shooting Sports Club, OSU Extension 4-H, and farm equipment presentation by local farmer Jim Hoffman.

Top of Ohio school day 2022Fifth graders from Indian Lake and Bellefontaine participated similarly Sept. 23. These students had a specialty program presented by the Logan County Electric Cooperative on electricity and energy. The second half of this session was a program with Ohio State University Extension 4-H which helped students understand problem-solving and analysis. Other stations that day included a robotic presentation by the OSU Extension Logan County 4-H program educator,  Sarah Daily. She used simple robots to demonstrate how technology is used on farms each day in drones, feeding robots, and other tools. Students also heard from Logan County Historical Society, Soil & Water District, Health Department, Farmers Market, Mary Rutan Hospital, Benjamin Logan FFA, and Logan County Shooting Sports Club.

Top of Ohio school day 2022

The Ag Day committee would like to thank all their presenters and these great supporters who made our program possible:
Richwood Bank, Pro Equipment, The Miller Family, Logan County County Cattle Association, Logan County Ag Society, Logan County Soil & Water Conservation District, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Logan County Farm Bureau, and OSU Extension 4-H. 
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