4th Graders Get Hands On With Agriculture

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Fri, April 26 2013 at 6:02 PM, Updated: Fri, April 26 2013 at 6:12 PM

NBC 5's Kyle Aevermann visited the Jackson County Expo as fourth graders got some hands-on experience in the world of agriculture.

From cattle to goats.

There were more than 960 hands on deck.

Organizers say the two day event is an important education tool for all.

They hope the field trip will inspire some of the students to become future farmers.

"Our hope is to show the kids the importance of agriculture in the world because they are growing up to be the young people who make decisions and agriculture is such a big part of it," said Sharon Bateman.

The trip showcases everything from milking a goat to removing a horseshoe.

it's also about the small insects who can have a very big impact.

Students were able to get a close up look at how bugs can both help and destroy crops.

The annual event is sponsored by the Oregon Beef Council.

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Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

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