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Ag Club gives local children ‘taste of agriculture’

With one exception, Dickinson State University’s Agriculture Club has provided local children a taste of life on the farm with their annual “Kids Day on The Farm.”

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During the event, children took part in various agricultural activities including roping cattle, wagon rides and interacting with animals in a petting zoo featuring chickens, cows, small goats, a miniature donkey and a horse. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

With one exception, Dickinson State University’s Agriculture Club has provided local children a taste of life on the farm with their annual “Kids Day on The Farm.” On Thursday, April 15 at DSU’s Indoor Arena, children in grades 3 and under participated in the educational event which began at 8 a.m. and ran until 4:00 p.m.

Ag Club President and DSU senior Lilly McFadden said 2020 was supposed to be the 30th annual event, however, the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on gatherings.

“Since we couldn’t have it due to COVID, this year is our 30th, but it’s no longer annual because we had to skip a year,” McFadden said.

During the event, children took part in various agricultural activities including roping cattle, wagon rides and interacting with animals in a petting zoo featuring chickens, cows, small goats, a miniature donkey and a horse. Students learned about chicks and longhorn cattle, among other livestock and farm animals.

The petting zoo, particularly the chickens, is McFadden’s favorite part of the event, though she did admit that she enjoys helping wrangle the animals before the event.

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Getting kids excited about agriculture, McFadden said, is what this event is all about.

“It’s an exposure event for different kids in the Dickinson community and the surrounding communities to come and learn about agriculture, learn where food comes from and get to have experience with those different animals,” she said.

Schools have participated in the event in increasing numbers year over year, with over 900 kids registered to attend this year’s iteration.

McFadden said this figure did not account for the countless walk-ins that joined in the festivities from Dickinson and South Heart Schools, along with other communities and home school programs. By the busload students and teachers learned what it takes to keep the world fed and the importance of agriculture education.

Finding herself attracted to the passionate, community-oriented qualities of agriculture, McFadden chose to pursue agricultural opportunities in college and quickly found that Dickinson State University ranked among the best in the state for programs in agriculture.

In addition to being president of the ag club, McFadden has chosen to focus on Ranch Management and will be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Studies.

“I want to go get my master’s in ruminant nutrition so I can help producers and help people feed their animals and get the most out of what they’re putting in,” McFadden said.

Ruminant nutrition is increasing the efficiency of cattle, sheep and goats through nutritional understandings and modern agricultural science.

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McFadden credited Dickinson State University’s diverse programming in allowing her to discover her passions and provided a path for pursuing those passions with a strong undergraduate foundation.

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