Henry County Young Farmer & Ag Professionals adapt

An Indiana young farmer says she’d like to see renewed efforts to connect students to agricultural educational opportunities.

Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Ag Professionals co-chair Jessica Wenning tells Brownfield schools have hesitated to resume some pre-pandemic activities.

“I would like to see us be able to go back to having a strong relationship where we can have more opportunities to connect with elementary-age students or even high school students to teach them more about agriculture, where their food comes from different opportunities that ag could have for them,” she says.

Wenning points to difficulties getting students to attend the county farm bureau’s annual Kids Ag Day at her family’s farm as an example.

She says reinventing programs and volunteer efforts following the pandemic has also been challenging.

“I think prior to COVID, people were more willing and more involved,” she says.  “That’s not to say they aren’t now, but I think COVID very much showcased the importance of time and how you spend your time.”

Wenning says Henry County’s young farmer program has been working to reconnect with people in the ag community and create events that work for farm families to overcome obstacles.

Indiana Farm Bureau recently honored Henry County with the Outstanding County Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Award for those efforts during the Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Conference.

Photo courtesy of Indiana Farm Bureau.

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