MORGANTOWN, Ind. — Students learned how dynamic the agriculture industry is during Farm Week at Indiana Agriculture and Technology School.

The event was held on the school’s 600-acre farm campus in Morgantown. There currently are 59 students enrolled at the school.

“The students loved getting their hands dirty and really learning about ag up close and personal,” said Keith Marsh, executive director and chief academic officer of the school.

“It was a busy week of learning, but the kids also found time to have fun, getting to know one another better. Real friendships were formed.”

In addition to online learning, students spent the week exploring ag-related career pathways including forestry, wetland ecology, drone aviation, veterinary medicine and invasive species.

Career specialists from Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources, Monrovia Vet Clinic, Co-Alliance, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue Extension of Marion and Morgan counties were on hand to lend their expertise.

“Our school’s mission is to introduce students to different careers in agriculture and technology,” Marsh said. “What better way to learn than from the very people who work these jobs every day. It’s one thing to learn from a book. It’s another thing entirely to get hands-on experience.”

The students packed over 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization committed to fighting food insecurity.

Students stayed at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in nearby Trafalgar, where they enjoyed fishing, archery and other activities.

About The School

The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School is a tuition-free, online public school that combines virtual learning with on-farm experiences. Its vision is to produce a workforce prepared to meet the challenge of accelerating change in every component of agriculture.

It’s open for seventh to 12th grade students under the age of 22 who live in state. Learn more about the school at www.indiana.ag.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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