The Central Missouri Agriculture Club, University of Missouri Extension, Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association, and surrounding schools partnered together to introduce a bit of agriculture and its history to some of the youth in the Sedalia area. On Sept. 27-28 385 elementary youth and parents had the opportunity to travel to Cole Camp and observe old farm machinery at work.
The show featured tractors, exhibits of antique farm equipment, and a parade of the equipment and tractors that are at the show. Students spent the day viewing a how to press apples to make apple cider, how to harvest wheat using a thrashing machine and learn the importance of wheat in their daily diet, how straw was gathered and square baled for winter feeding, how molasses was made from sorghum, watched the saw mill cut lumber and how every part of the lumber was used.
The students observed how early engines were used to pump water and run different equipment, witnessed a blacksmith demonstration, and learned that lama manure is second to bat manure as being the best fertilizer.
The youth enjoyed a lunch on the grounds sponsored by the Central Missouri Agriculture Club. The schools involved included Cole Camp Elementary, Dresden Elementary, Green Ridge Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary, Smithton Elementary, St. Paul’s Lutheran – Sedalia, and local home school students.
This program is supported by the Central Missouri Agriculture Club to promote the understanding of the importance that agriculture plays in everyone’s life to the youth of Pettis and surrounding counties. Photos submitted.