Athens Ag Day 2023

Athens-Meigs County Farm Bureau hosted the 20th Annual Athens County Ag Day at
the Athens County Fairgrounds May 18.

The fourth grade students in Athens County came to the fairgrounds for a fun day to
learn about agriculture. The classes rotated through 18 different stations throughout the
day. The kids learned about a wide variety of different things. Thanks to our various
stations for coming to help educate the students.

  • Fish with ODNR department of wildlife
  • 2 truths and lie- looking at what is on social media as it relates to ag and what is
    real and not real and how you can find the truth with the Federal Hocking FFA.
  • Bees with the Federal Hocking FFA
  • Ag Jeopardy with the Federal Hocking FFA
  • 6 machines that can do everything (simple machines) by Federal Hocking FFA
  • “The Rotten Truth” (composting) with the Federal Hocking FFA
  • Energizing Activity with Ohio Energy Project
  • Electrical Safety with AEP Ohio
  • Soils as it pertains to water and air movement by Teresa with Athens SWCD
  • Wildlife vs the farm by Jacob with the Athens SWCD
  • Dairy with the Athens FFA
  • Reaction times with Bridget with OSU Extension Athens County
  • Farm Petting Zoo with the Alexander FFA
  • Beef with the Alexander FFA
  • Chainsaw Safety by Stephen with ODNR Department of Forestry
  • ATV safety by Ryan with ODNR Division of Wildlife
  • Dump Truck with a snow plow by David with Athens County ODOT
  • Wildlife Skins and Skulls with David Bright

This year each student was able to take home a drawstring bag with the Ag Day
sponsors listed on the bag. Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped to make
the day possible for all of the students.

Bag Sponsors: Parker Corporation, Baum Lumber, Farm Credit/Rural 1st, The Red
Bird Ranch, Shade River AG, Atomic Credit Union, Holzer, Edward Jones, Ohio Forest
By-Products, Twin Oaks Refrigeration, and Classic Brands.
Gold Sponsors: Farmers Bank and Savings
Silver Sponsors: Meigs SWCD and Buckley Brothers
Bronze Sponsor: Childers Accounting PLLC

The mission of Ohio Farm Bureau is working together for Ohio farmers to advance
agriculture and strengthen our communities.

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Mandy Way

Way Farms

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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Groovy Plants Ranch

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Hardin County Farm Bureau

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Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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