Ag is Cool winners announced

 The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that four fifth-grade students from the state are recipients of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship competition. 

Representatives from the Ohio Expositions Commission, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will present each scholarship winner with a $500 check and commemorative trophy during a special ceremony at his or her school:

 

  • Stanley “Stash” Apana (Northfield Village), Lee Eaton Elementary

o               Presentation date, time: Tues., Nov. 8, 2011, 10 a.m.

o               Location: Lee Eaton Elementary School cafeteria, 115 Ledge Road, Northfield, OH 44067

o               Presenters: Ohio Expositions Commission Secretary John Spreng, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

  • Katie Meier (Kenton), Benjamin Logan Middle School

o               Presentation date, time: Wed., Nov. 9, 2011, 11 a.m.

o               Location: Benjamin Logan High School auditorium, 6609 State Route 47 East, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311

o               Presenters: Ohio Expositions Commission General Manager Virgil Strickler, Ohio Department of Agriculture Chief of Markets Janelle Mead, and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

  • Alexa Mier (Medina), at St. Mark Lutheran School

o               Presentation date, time: Tues., Nov. 8, 12:45 pm

o               Location: 1330 N Carpenter Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212

o               Presenters: Ohio Expositions Commission Secretary John Spreng, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

  • Phillip Wible (Powell), St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School

o               Presentation date, time: Wed., Nov. 9, 2011, 9:15 a.m.

o               Location: St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School, Enke Hall, 7175 Avery Road, Dublin, OH 43017

o               Presenters: Ohio Expositions Commission General Manager Virgil Strickler, Ohio Department of Agriculture Chief of Markets Janelle Mead, and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

The recipients were among dozens to submit essays or creative stories about the “Agriculture is COol” education program held during the 2011 Ohio State Fair.

 The 2011 “Agriculture is Cool” program included several interactive education stations throughout the Ohio State Fair where students could learn about:

  • The many ways Ohio’s largest industry, agriculture, impacts many facets of their everyday lives
  • Modern dairy farming and how dairy farmers take care of their cows to produce safe and wholesome milk and milk a real or simulated cow
  • Animal care and see farm animals being born and new babies interacting with their mothers
  • How modern-day tractors help Ohio farmers maintain crops
  • The beef industry and nutrition, environmental stewardess, recycling and more
  • Soy and corn production and the various uses in food, fuel and other modern items
  • How barns protect Ohio animals and keep them healthy
  • Eggs and various poultry breeds
  • How wool is spun into yarn and how the process has become more technologically innovative over time
  • The weight of animals such as cows and pigs greatly compares to the average weight of humans
  • How to protect themselves from harmful bacteria

The Agriculture is Cool program will be open to visitors of all ages during the 2012 Ohio State Fair, July 25 – Aug. 5. For the second consecutive year, exiting fourth grade students (2011-2012 academic year) and a chaperone will be admitted for free upon presentation of a valid report card at the entrance gates.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR.  On the Web, visit us at ohioexpocenter.com.

 

 

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