NCTC hosts Farm City Week

by Pamela VanHook | Apr 23, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE, TX - North Central Texas College hosted nearly 700 fourth grade students from around North Texas for the annual Farm City Week Thursday and Friday on the Gainesville campus.

Students from Gainesville, Muenster, Lindsay, Sacred Heart, Valley View, Forestburg, Pilot Point, Sanger and St. Mary's learned more about the agriculture industry through special speakers and hands-on demonstrations.

The two-day educational experience was sponsored by the NCTC Agriculture Department, Cooke County Farm Bureau and the Texas Agriculture Extension Service.

"North Texas Farm City Week is an excellent educational opportunity for young fourth-grade students to come out and learn more about the food and fiber industry, how agriculture contributes to our daily lives, where our food really comes from, how plant products contribute to our clothing and homes, and just everything that helps us sustain life," NCTC Agriculture Department chairman Steve Keith said.

Students spent time at several stations to get a first-hand look at different aspects of the agriculture industry. Among the stations were demonstrations and speakers from Farm Bureau, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Southwest Dairy Musuem, Cooke County Electric Cooperative, Fischer's Meat Market, Dairy Max, Blue Bell Ice Cream, S&W Tractor, Zimmerer-Kubota and North Central Texas College.

For more information about the agriculture program at North Central Texas College, contact the school at 940-668-7731.

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