The Fall is a very active time for the UMEI Agriculture Club as the group participated in the Woodstock Farm Show and Rural Expo 2016 in September. Rural Expo rotates to a different county in Ontario yearly. This year’s winner as host site was Minto, Ontario. Approximately 100,000 people attended Rural Expo over the five day event.
“Our student club this year is eager to learn as much as they can about Agriculture and there is no better way of experiencing Ontario Ag than by attending these shows,” commented teacher and cash crop farmer John Fittler.
“Where else can you speak directly to plant breeders, visit test plots or see the latest innovations used by farmers to manage their operations?”
Students had the opportunity to demo tractors, trucks and even experience a hi-lift. “I am hoping to become a vet some day and spent most of my time at the animal pavilion”, said Grade 10 student Megan Braun. “There was so much to see and the overnight trip was a great bonding time with other grades as well”. Next up for the group is some local corn combining and horseback riding.