Mohawk FFA Tours Area Ag Businesses

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

In early November, 25 Mohawk FFA members traveled to area agricultural businesses. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to the importance of agriculture in the community and also to show them the variety of careers available in the industry. Members who attended were: Jena Baum, Caleb Bollinger, Meghan Chaffee, Tori Chaney, Lydia Coldiron, Morgan Edgington, Kelsea Fleming, Olivia Johnson, Joanie Lininger, Kevin Lonsway, Chelsy Mattox, Sabrina McDermott, Austin Miller, Deon Morter, Katie Pinkston, Grant Price, Logan Reinhart, Jarred Shellhouse, Paige Sigler, Dominic Smith, Vanessa Stull, Bri Thiery, Darby Walton, and Austin Wise.

The day started by visiting Mennco Grain, a division of Mennel Milling, in Nevada. There, students experienced the grain industry first-hand, even sampling loads of grain as they came to the elevator. From there, they traveled to ag service agencies in Upper Sandusky, including Ag Credit, Farm Service Agency, Soil and Water, and the Natural Resources Conservation District. For many students, this was their first exposure to those organizations. While in that office, they also visited UC Walton Realty. The group made one more stop in Upper Sandusky at Ohio CAT, where they heard about careers in the ag service agency.

After leaving Upper Sandusky, the group stopped at North Central Veterinary Services, where they learned more about careers in animal sciences, not just veterinary medicine. Seneca County Farm Bureau then spoke to the group about Farm Bureau and opportunities for involvement. Farm Bureau also provided lunch for the students. The last stop of the day was at Genex Cooperative, where students learned more about artificial insemination and the size and scope of the business.

The business tour was a new activity for Mohawk FFA, but it was a valuable one. It helped students learn more about the variety of career options available in agriculture, while also helping them form connections with area businesses.

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