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New agriculture plot gives Brown County students hands-on farming experience

Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 5:03 PM CST
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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (WGEM) - Brown County High School has a new agriculture plot that will allow students to get hands-on farming experience and work alongside professionals.

Over 40 percent of middle and high school students in the Brown County School District are studying agriculture.

The high school’s agriculture program is turning a plot of land next to the building into a land laboratory to practice different farming methods.

Senior Jacob Laning said he is excited that he and his classmates will get to use it in the spring.

“I think it’s gonna help them learn, understand a little bit better about how farming works, how agriculture in general works and why we do it,” he said.

Parents, students and community members picked up rocks and pieces of old foundation to reclaim the land on Saturday.

Students are going to use the land in the spring as a test plot for different varieties of corn.

Instructor Chris Miller said students will have the chance to work alongside professional farmers and agribusiness workers.

“It will also open up a lot of career opportunities in agriculture to them that are not just the farm,” Miller said.

Former agriculture student Marcus Perry said he is glad future students have an opportunity like this.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the community grow and back this project because it’s going to help the students in the future learn about something that not everybody can get into,” Perry said.

Miller said they will send soil samples to a commercial lab during the winter to prepare for next semester.

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