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Program Pushes Students to Learn about Ag Science

Monsanto's Worm Warriors Tour made its way through northwest Missouri Tuesday. FFA students in the area learned more about the science of farming.
(CAMDEN POINT, Mo.) Rows of corn line the back roads here in the Midwest.

It's easy to spot a successful season. But, something many don't see is the science behind the growth.

That's changing with Monsanto's Worm Warriors Tour. FFA students in the area learned more about the science of farming Tuesday during the outreach program.

"Just kind of a general overview of what a grower might see out there," said LeAnna Trail, an insect management technology development representative for Monsanto.

Trail worked with FFA students to teach them how technology impacts management practices.

"We obviously want to educate the students, but bring them out here and let them know it's not just cows, sows and plows in agriculture anymore," she said.

Andy Mink, a student from East Buchanan's FFA chapter attended the event.

"Growing up on a farm, I just learned a lot about basic agriculture practices and rotating crops and stuff. But, now I understand why," said Mink.

Students are learning through hands-on experiments like genetic testing.

"We've got some land at our school farm and i might farm that if I can learn a little bit more about it," said Logan Connell, East Buchanan FFA.

Teachers found some takeaways too.

"You're always learning more and more things that the industry comes out with. Hopefully, I can take that knowledge back to the classroom," said Lindy Holt, an agriculture instructor for the St. Joseph School District.

Knowledge that Trail hopes leads to interest in agriculture-related jobs that go beyond the final product.

"There's ample opportunities for jobs out there for them that don't require having a shovel in hand," said Trail.

"Maybe it's sales, maybe it's entomology, you know, all these jobs are agriculture-based jobs and they help feed and clothe our nation. We need those kids to go out there and know a little bit about agriculture so they can make intelligent decisions when they're purchasing products," added Holt.

The Worm Warriors tour took place at Richardson farms in Camden Point Tuesday.
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