On Tuesday, Oct. 10 Mineola FFA members traveled to Nacogdoches to attend the annual Stephen F. Austin College of Agriculture Experience Day.
The event focused on engaging students in agriculture, forestry and environmental science at the college level.
“Out of all the colleges that I visited this has been the most informative about the industry of agriculture and has a wide range of agricultural majors,” Armando Veloz, a junior at Mineola High School said.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and workshops including surveying land, horticulture and agriculture mechanics. Students were also able to visit the SFA animal science facilities and experience work with university equine science students and beef production students.
“SFA hosted a variety of workshops that gave us hands-on career experience to give us some background in how agriculture affects the environment and business. These activities gave me a preview of career options I may have in the future,” Adriana Hernandez, a senior at MHS, said.
The job market for agriculturalists has grown considerably in recent years as aging farmers and ranchers retire. This event allowed students to experience a portion of what agricultural science courses are like at the university level and has many students now thinking about a career in agriculture.
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