Jonesboro Sesquicentennial Agriculture Day

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro continues to celebrate its Sesquicentennial and Wednesday was recognized as Agriculture Day.  There were 200 second graders from Valley View Elementary School in the first ever Agriculture Day at St. Bernards Auditorium.

Volunteers and 4-H students showed the kids where meat, milk, and vegetables come from, but that's not all. They learned about cotton and rice, farm equipment and the food pyramid.

Clint Parton, Chairman of the Jonesboro Agri Committee said they made the event fun for kids by having a pizza party. First they showed them how the ingredients are grown.

Parton said, "They don't know that flour actually comes from wheat and starts from there. Maybe that cheese is made from milk and it comes from a cow. It's important in this area, northeast Arkansas because agri is so big."

Although many kids may not know where their daily necessities come from, Parton believes it's very important that this event help them understand the importance of agriculture. This may be the first Agriculture Day, but there may be more to come.

Parton said, "Didn't really know how this was kind of gonna go, but so far it's done real good. It seems like the kids have learned a lot.  Maybe sometime in the future, maybe next year we might expand on this and do more kids and more groups. So it's kind of a test run.

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