SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO VISIT EASTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR "AG DAY" EVENT
November 13, 2018
Talbot County, MD - Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture for the state of Maryland, will visit Easton Elementary School on Friday, November 16th, to partake in the Ag Day festivities hosted by Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore.
One focus of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is to identify workforce gaps in businesses and industries in our local community. Junior Achievement then teams up with the schools to create hands-on, experiential curriculum; engaging the business community to create a pipeline of future employees.
The Ag Day program will consist of five in-classroom lessons about resources and entrepreneurship, delivered by employees of MidAtlantic Farm Credit, for the entire 4th Grade population at Easton Elementary School. The sixth activity will be an expo-style event featuring local business owners, each with their own interactive exhibit. The purpose of the expo is to show students all the different facets of the agriculture industry; from the exhibit to show students how peanuts are turned into fresh peanut butter to the heavy equipment booth and from the grain jar exhibit where students can make art out of different grains to the butter churning station.
"One industry gap we've identified is the world of agriculture, in general," said Jayme Hayes, President of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. "Our hope is that at the end of the day, the students see that the world of farming is the future. If we can inspire even a few students to pursue a career in agriculture, then we've done our job."