National AG Day 2019!

National Agriculture Day 2019!
Posted on 03/14/2019
Kids and animals

In honor of National Agriculture Day, we're highlighting some of the agriculture programs in District 192. Although Farmington is growing into a sizable suburb, we have strong roots in agriculture and believe it's important to offer agriculture related learning opportunities to our students. While not every student, or even most students, will have spent time on a farm, teachers in District 192 want them to know that agriculture is an important part of their lives. “Agriculture is a part of everyday life whether you think about it or not, everything is produced through agriculture,” said Karli Savaloja who teaches Animal Science at Farmington High School.

    In addition to Animal Science, students at FHS have the option of taking classes in  Landscape and Horticulture, Wildlife, and Machinery (small engines). Outside of the regular school day they may choose to participate in an active FFA chapter, a youth organization with the stated mission of “preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.”

    Students involved in our agriculture programs say they enjoy it because it keeps them engaged with nature. They get outside, they interact with animals and they learn practical skills they can use both now and in the future. Some students want to be farmers or veterinarians but many of them just enjoy plants, animals and machines. They want to be better gardners and pet owners. They want to fix their own lawnmowers.  

    FFA members regularly compete in career development events where they test their skills against students from around the region, the state, and even the country. There are also more casual events like a fishing field trip they took last fall. Next year they plan to take on some landscaping projects around the school building.

    Alumni involved in agriculture have gone on to study and work in a wide variety of fields such as food science, farminging, mechanics (specializing in AG equipment), and even animal-assisted therapy. Agriculture isn’t just for farmers, it’s for everyone. We’re proud to offer these classes, clubs and activities in District 192.

The National Ag Day Program and The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) were both started in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. You can find more information at

For more about the FFA, please visit

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