Adam Wehling hopes the Youth and Profession Discovery Zone will spark an curiosity in potential careers within the ag business for its younger guests throughout Farm Know-how Days.
Half of the area beneath the Youth Tent will probably be devoted to profession discovery and embrace STEM actions, Christmas Tree Growers, Bee-keepers, a drone demonstration, a number of organizations and different actions that may assist children of all ages uncover totally different components of the ag world.
For older children, College of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical School may have individuals from their totally different packages to speak about animal science, agronomy, crops, soil, panorama crops, turf administration and a lot extra.
“We actually need to guarantee that we’re driving residence the significance of careers which are related to the agricultural business. That is key as a result of we have to guarantee that future generations have staff to help it,” stated Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Power & Transportation at Chippewa Valley Technical School, pointing to present shortages of certified labor within the business. “So, let’s assist youth uncover what they’re fascinated with doing.”
Youth from elementary grades by way of highschool are invited to finish exercise guides that assist discover profession choices. As soon as accomplished, college students will go to the Culver’s Thank-a-Farmer Station the place they are going to write a thanks letter to a farmer after which obtain a coupon totally free custard that they’ll redeem one of many Culver’s Scoop Stations in Tent Metropolis.
Wehling says that college students related to agriculture have loved a powerful fame for work ethic, and are extremely wanted by employers, not solely within the ag sector however within the trades packages as properly.
“We have now a number of non-farm children in our ag packages who’re there as a result of they need to produce meals, work with animals or gear,” Wehling stated. “All they must do is have that work ethic, have the flexibility to work with individuals and do good high quality work. We’re keen to coach individuals and we do it on daily basis. We’d like all totally different varieties of individuals from totally different backgrounds with totally different experiences as a result of there is a robust, regular demand for meals and meals manufacturing.”
The Youth tent can even have a petting zoo and a “cow” that youngsters can study to exploit. There can even be a theater space the place children and their dad and mom can take digital excursions of the three farms which are on the Farm Bus Excursions – Huntsinger Farms (horseradish), Nellie’s Holstein’s (dairy), and Ferguson’s Orchards (apples and pumpkins).
Farm Know-how Days can even be the location of the FFA Wisconsin Excessive College Tractor Driving Contest which can happen over three days within the Tractor Driving Enviornment close to the Youth Tent..
Wehling says that 60 college students will compete in a number of areas in the course of the contest: working a tractor pulling a wagon safely by way of an impediment course, taking a written examination and a sensible routine each day check-list concerning the secure operation of their farm automobile.
“It is a multi-component occasion that basically makes certain that we have now the very best, well-rounded, most secure operator and an individual that educated about tractors,” he stated.