2007-09-26 / News

Volunteers needed for ag awareness program

By Anne Marie Kyzer Staff Writer

The Burke County Cooperative Extension Service is looking for a few good farmers.

The Extension Service is recruiting volunteers as they prepare for round two of the Ag Awareness program for local fourth-graders.

During planting season in the spring, round one offered the county's third-graders a firsthand look at locally-grown crops and livestock. Children from the county's public and private schools as well as area home-schooled students traveled to the University of Georgia's Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center near Midville for the program.

Next week, Oct. 2-4, the same students will return to the cen- ter as fourth-graders to learn about harvesting the crops and more about Burke County agriculture.

Burke County Extension Coordinator Will Duffie said they could still use more volunteers for teaching about beef cattle and cotton harvest.

"We're looking forward to it, and if folks have time and would like, we'd love to have them," he said. "We can never have too much help."

Duffie also encouraged any home-schooled children who have not been contacted to attend. The event will begin at 8 a.m. each day and run until 2 p.m.

To help with the program or for more information, contact the Burke County Extension Office at 706-554-2119.

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