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Food and Fiber Day at West Texas Fair & Rodeo teaches students to appreciate agriculture

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:25:33 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 07:32:11 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Food and Fiber Day at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo shows students how agriculture ties in to everyday life.

Area fourth graders spent Tuesday morning at the Taylor County Expo Center to learn more about where their food and clothes come from.

Jane Rowan, the Taylor County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, helped organize the event and wants students to take away an important lesson.

"We're very lucky in this nation to have the resources that we do and we eat well, we're well clothed and they need to appreciate that" Rowan says.

One of the day's favorite sessions is the petting zoo.

Brenda May of May farms donates the animals for the zoo and told the fourth graders all about them.

She also wants the students to gain a greater respect for the people behind the scenes.

"Somebody is working from the time these animals are born, until they get to their table or their closet. Somebody is working very hard so that they can walk into a store and have what they want" says May.