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East Helena kids learn more about agriculture

Posted: 6:19 PM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 20:19:01-04

East Helena students experienced farm living and learned more about agriculture on Tuesday for the 3rd annual Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau’s Ag Day.

The Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch hosted more than 140 kids for the event.

Volunteers taught the students about livestock, farming techniques, soil health, erosion and more.

Loretta Burnham, secretary of the Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau, said Ag Day serves as a great way to teach kids where their food comes from and hopefully inspire some to consider a career in agriculture.

“Let’s face it, we have a whole bunch of people that we need to feed and our population in this world just keeps getting larger. We need people — our young people to learn this so they can take over for us down the road,” said Burnham.

Many students said they had never been on a working ranch before and were interested in the tractors, animals and methods for producing common food items.

“I didn’t realize it takes like so much to make milk that we drink,” said one student.

Burnham added it’s great to see all of the kids, especially the ones who have never been on a farm or ranch, be interested and excited about agriculture in Montana.

You can find more information about the Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau here .

-Reported by John Riley/MTN News