Ag Connect features numerous facets of agriculture from southeast Missouri and northwest Arkansas

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KBSI) – Saturday’s portion of Ag Connect was centered around families and the youth.  

University of Missouri Extension Human Development and Family Science Specialist John Fuller said the younger generation is crucial to the advancement of agriculture. 

“The industry really relies on that next generation coming up and getting kids interested in farming so that legacy continues,” he said.

The day’s activities at the Black River Coliseum included a petting farm, a kids 4H activity area and a number of workshops.

Three Rivers College Coordinator of Agriculture and Forestry Kathryn Clark said one of the keys of this event was variety. 

“That’s the great thing about agriculture is that there are so many facets of it, so making sure we’re taking the time to include everything, not just the row crops side, which are very strong down here, but also the livestock side. That’s very important to us, too, so making sure we’re well-rounded in our agriculture,” she said.

As for the 4-H side of things, Field Specialist Brad Coleman described what makes the club so special. 

“We cater to any kid who wants to do something and be a part of an organization that will teach them leadership, citizenship, and will help them succeed in the future,” he said. “That’s what we’re about.” 

Fuller said this weekend was also an opportunity to learn about the wide range of technology within agriculture. 

“The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this weekend is as technology advances, and our markets advance, being able to keep up with that information is so critical, and we’re starting to see such a much wider approach when it comes to our agriculture world,” he said.

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