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2006 Annual Report: FFA Student Field Day

One hundred and fifteen high school students from five area schools attended the second annual Student Field Day at the Graves-Chapple Farm on September 13. The theme for the day was “Cutting Edge Technology for Today’s Agriculture”. The presenters focused on some of the new innovations being used in agriculture today.

Each of the six learning stations was designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for the students on some of the cutting edge technology used in today’s agriculture. The six learning stations were:

  • Wayne Flanary, MU Extension Regional Agronomist, conducted a field tour showing some of the trials being conducted at the farm.
  • Wayne Bailey, MU State Entomologist, talked about some of the things being done to combat insects.
  • Kent Shannon, MU Extension Associate and Associate Director of the Missouri Precision Agriculture Center, used remote control trucks to demonstrate the uses of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Information Systems (GIS) on the farm.
  • Jackie Allenbrand, MU Extension NW Regional Agrability Coordinator, showed some of the equipment available through the Agrability Project to help farmers with disabilities continue farming.
  • Bob Kelly, MU Extension Regional Agribusiness Specialist, demonstrated how selecting the proper spray tip was critical for proper application of various chemicals.
  • Erin Dinsdale with Northwest Missouri State University talked about opportunities in their agricultural program.
  • CeCe Leslie, University of Missouri Student Recruitment Coordinator, presented information on the educational programs offered by the College of Food and Natural Resources.

A lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers was provided by the farm and local area banks and businesses and prepared by the Rock Port Rotary club.