Local Ag Students Learn About, Experience Midwest Agriculture

Eight students representing the Ava FFA Chapter recently traveled to south central and southwest Kansas to experience Midwest agriculture first-hand via the use of  tours led by leaders of ag business in Joplin, Mo.; Dodge City, Kansas; Garden City, Kansas; Moundridge, Kansas; and Harper, Kansas. 

The program was a partnership between the local booster club and FFA Chapter to encourage local students to pursue internships and  careers in agriculture after high school. 

The Ag Industry tour schedule included the following:

Monday: Joplin Regional Stockyards with Mark Harmon and methods and trends of selling feeder calves. 

Tuesday morning: Irsik and Doll Feed Yard, 

Tuesday afternoon: US Premium Beef and National Beef, Dodge City Kansas and Gardiner Angus, Ashland Kansas. 

Wednesday morning: Harper Industries/DewEze. 

Wednesday afternoon: MKC Grain Company, Moundridge Kansas.  

Students representing the Ava Chapter were Dylan King, Lauren King, Addy Croston, Baylan Alexander, Samantha Lawson, Logan Burks, Garrett DeVore and  Brent Lakey, FFA Advisor. 

FFA Booster club member Tanner Clark coordinated the trip and set up the traveling agenda with the industries.