Agriculture Education & Student Life
These articles are about agriculture education opportunities for students of all ages. Kentucky has several programs that work to teach younger students about agriculture, food, conservation, and consumerism. The commonwealth is also home to several colleges, universities, and vocational schools that will prepare students for jobs in an agricultural field.
At Murray State University, outside Oakley Applied Science building stands a man wearing cowboy boots, an old ballcap, drinking a cup of black coffee and smoking a Marlboro cigarette. That man is Dr. O.L Robertson.
Three chefs have begun work with Kentucky schools in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Chefs in Schools program.
In Kentucky, animal agriculture represents well over half of the ag economy when taking into account all livestock sectors.
Most of this can be attributed to tradition but because of the investments made in the whole industry much of which comes from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, not only has livestock production grown but animal quality remains important and is exceptional in many cases.
It was obvious that Becky Kinder and the Kentucky Soybean Board were a great fit considering she interned with them three summers in a row. Becky became their full-time education director in 2004.
As he energetically bounds across the lab checking on high school students while they extract DNA from tall fescue, there’s no question that University of Kentucky instructor Lou Hirsch is passionate about science and teaching. It is with his passion and enthusiasm that Hirsch hopes to show students the human-side of science and make it something that is very real to them and perhaps a potential career.
On a warm fall day nearly 200 children and their families laced up their sneakers to read. The Owsley County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received funding to install a StoryWalk in the Owsley County Park.
In the past 18 months, Jamie Porter has faced many challenges. Her husband passed away, and she quickly became a single mom to three children—one grown, one 17 and one 6 years old. She homeschools the youngest child, Lacey, and was grateful to find some helpful resources through the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.
Students across Kentucky are learning more about agriculture, thanks in large part to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Mobile Science Activity Centers, which are trailers with 10 interactive stations that visit schools throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to serving as hands-on educational tools, the trailer’s stations provide fun, out-of-the-classroom experiences that can also introduce students to possible careers in agriculture.
Realizing what occupation one might have for an entire career is not something most high school students know, but Sierra Newsome, a junior at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky, is not one of them. She has already started thinking about her future and how she wants to achieve her dream job.
Fall is the time of year in which many festival-type events are held, mostly in honor of food. The Browning Orchard Festival is no different but along with it being a celebration of the foods that are grown there, it is also a classroom for the agriculture programs at Morehead State University (MSU.)
Food Science is a rapidly evolving discipline that applies basic science and engineering to study the quality, nutritional value, and safety of foods.