From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD – March 15, 2010) – – The week of March 14th through the 20th is National Ag Week, and Harford County farmers are again marking the occasion by visiting classrooms to educate students about agriculture.
This year, members of Harford’s agricultural community will be visiting a total of 18 schools and speaking to over 3,300 students. The visits are coordinated by the Harford County Farm Bureau, in cooperation with the Harford County Division of Agriculture and the Board of Education.
“These classroom visits allow our children to connect with local farmers, and to learn first-hand what is involved in agriculture,” stated Jay Rickey, President of the Harford County Farm Bureau. “As both an educator and a farmer, I know that it’s something that both the farmers and the students look forward to.”
“Harford County is a leader in the state of Maryland when it comes to Ag education,” remarked County Executive David R. Craig. “In addition to the Ag week school visits, the Farm Bureau also organizes Farm Visitation Day every June.”
“Both North Harford and Harford Technical High Schools have active FFA programs, and this fall the school system hope to open the doors to the new Natural Resources and Ag Science Magnet Program at North Harford,” added County Executive Craig. “We are also very proud to be the home of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation at Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace,” Craig stated.
Harford’s recognition of National Ag Week concludes on Friday, March 19 with the annual Harford County Ag Banquet at Level Fire Hall. The county will honor its Land Preservationist of the Year and present its Ag Pioneer award. Additionally, the Harford County Agricultural Marketing Cooperative will announce the operations that will be receiving its 2010 producer grants.
For more information about agriculture in Harford County, log on to www.harfordfarms.com.