Field trip offers students agriculture career options

Ag Career Day at Kinnard Farms, October 18, 2018 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

KEWAUNEE COUNTY (WLUK) -- Hundreds of middle school students took to the field Thursday to learn about careers in agriculture.

A line of school buses, made its way through the 20-acre barn at Kinnard Farms near Casco.

Owner Lee Kinnard says this 7,200 dairy cow complex is state-of-the-art.

"Technology is the great equalizer that allows farms to be very much like any other career out there," said Lee Kinnard, Kinnard Farms Co-Owner.

From drones to genetics, to computerized security, Ag-Career Day 2018 is designed to attract seventh, eighth and ninth grade school students to fill jobs in the industry.

"It's phenomenal. It's just so exciting for them to see this in person. They have no idea, until they're exposed to it," said Lynn Kroll, Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation.

Kroll says the 25 presentations are tailored to middle school students.

"Because once they get into high school, they're going to start taking classes in area where they need to, to go to school, or to find out what they like," she said.

So what do the students think of the field trip?

"Awesome. It's fun. It's a good experience. There's all new things. There's job opportunities. And learning more about dairy, and how they process the cows," said Kayla Du Fresne, Kewaunee Middle School Student.

"When I was younger, I just thought it was the farmer, the helpers and the cows and calves. I didn't think there was much behind it," said Shelby Pribek, Kewaunee Middle School Student.

"Working on a farm isn't just cows and calves and stuff. There's a lot of stuff that goes into it," said Jayde Steward, Kewaunee Middle School Student.

An career in agriculture may be a choice.

"Oh, maybe, seems kind of fun. It's just something new," said Alex Szydel, Kewaunee Middle School Student.

"We'd love to retain these kids here. Make this their home. Make this their residence. Make this their community of choice," said Kinnard.

This is the fourth Ag-Career Day. About 700 students from Southern Door, Denmark, Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco attended the two-day event.

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