Southern FFA Members Showcase Ag Science to Deale Students
Dr. Joshua Rice, Agriculture Education Teacher at Southern High School in Harwood said that three members of the school’s Future Farmers of America club went to Deale Elementary School on Wednesday to share their thoughts on the opportunities that agriculture science provides.
The students, junior Brooke Catterton, and sophomores Clare Kozycki and Darrell Marshall, worked with 40 fourth and fifth grade students at the elementary school in Deale.
While there, they conducted hands-on laboratory experiments with the students. The FFA students also used corn-based products to make corn plastic and showed the students what animal and plant cells look like under a microscope.
Rice said that the members of the Southern High FFA wanted to share with the South County community the importance of agriculture and help to preserve the agricultural way of life.
The Future Farmers of America program was reintroduced to Southern High School last year. Southern High’s agriculture sciences program has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Maryland Agriculture Department.
Agriculture remains America’s largest employer, with over 24 million people working in some area of the industry. FFA helps to prepare students for more than 300 careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.
Students in the Southern High FFA program produced a video about agriculture science at the Southern FFA webpage.