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FFA Students Visit Fort Valley State
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Thursday, December 07, 2017
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The Americus-Sumter High "Future Farmers of America" (FFA) chapter recently traveled to Fort Valley, Georgia, to tour the Fort Valley State University campus to gain insight into the types of degree programs which are offered there. The trip afforded students the chance to explore several facets of FVSU's Agriculture Education division, including the aquaponics lab, a meat processing facility, the equine center, the university "Ag Engineering" building, and the ruminant dairy facility.
​"This trip was a chance to expose students to university life as well as the various facets of agriculture not normally seen in this area," said Brandon Gross, Agriculture Science teacher at Americus-Sumter High. "My students got to see things they've never been exposed to before. Most of them are city kids and have never been to a farm, so this was a nice opportunity."
"A lot of people in this area of Georgia aren't aware that Fort Valley State has an Ag program, let alone the largest research facility in our part of the state. Their small ruminant dairy is the largest of its kind in the eastern U.S.. Very well respected.
 
"Students also visited the "life on the farm" display center," said Gross. "That's where they house animals for petting demonstrations, the ones they take to the state fair every year. Our students really enjoyed 'meeting' the animals."
FVSU is located in central Georgia near Interstate 75, and has an enrollment of over two thousand students. The Agriculture program there is ranked 25th in the nation.
"After the trip, several students expressed interest in attending the Fort Valley, for the Ag program," said Gross. Kyle Richards said he will definitely consider attending Fort Valley State. "The trip was really inspiring," said Richards. "We saw a lot of interesting things. I was particularly interested in their experiments with solar power." Dresden Dukes declared the trip a huge success. "The aquaponics lab was impressive. They showed us how by removing ammonia from the water they are able to raise fish and plants in the same tank. It was fascinating."
Photo: Tyler Brown (left) and Willie Peoples-Tyson inspect a tank at the aquaponics lab ​at Fort Valley State University. The Americus-Sumter High FFA chapter recently toured the university's agriculture program.​
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