For the second year, agriculture students gathered at Steed’s Dairy to see a working dairy farm.
Evans High School agriculture teacher Phillip Price and dairy owner Jim Steed organized Future Farmers of America Day at the dairy near Grovetown.
“(It’s important) to have the opportunity to see that agriculture is more than the hamburger they buy at McDonalds or the milk at the grocery store,” Price said. “There’s a lot more to it.”
Steed, who runs his family dairy farm, said he hosts the students from area Georgia and South Carolina schools to encourage the agriculture industry through FFA.
“(I host FFA Day) just kind of to give back to FFA,’ Steed said, “especially in Columbia County. We’ve become such an urban county now, I kind of want to keep FFA going in the county.”
About 300 students gathered at the farm and family fun area to see dairy cow milking and other demonstrations as well as enjoy the fun aspects of the business, such as the hayrides, tractor pull, corn maze and a barn full of animals.
Chip Harris, who oversees the agriculture programs for the state Department of Education, said the dairy trip is impressive and offers students a unique view of potential careers in agriculture.
“To get to actually be on a farm and then (Steed), who makes it happen, providing opportunities for kids to come see it, it’s just a great opportunity for students,” Harris said.