2012-05-17 / Local & State

Local FFA Students Hold Annual Farm Industry Tour


Pictured above are the local FFA chapters that visited a wind farm on their recent Farm Industry tour. Pictured above are the local FFA chapters that visited a wind farm on their recent Farm Industry tour. All three county FFA members teamed together to tour local farms and agriculture businesses the first week of May. They started their day touring Octoraro Angus near Breezewood.

Farm owner Sam Wylie explained his grass-based Angus business that caters to customers who are looking for breeding stock that performs well on pasture. Their next stop was Boyer’s Orchards where the group learned about the importance of integrated pest management, tree planting systems and marketing in the apple business.

After lunch, they toured a wind farm in Central City and learned how wind turbines produce electricity and about the ongoing studies that are being done to access the impact of wind farms on bats and birds. Their last stop was the Bison Corral where the Darrow family discussed the intricacies of handling these huge animals. “It was a great day!” exclaimed McConnellsburg junior Krista Deshong. “Seeing how other people raise their animals is always interesting,” added Forbes Road senior Brock Hohman. “I’m glad we all were able to travel together,” added Warfordsburg advisor Rebecca Mosemann. “ It saves us money and the kids enjoy getting to know each other.”

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