Kids learn about farming, agriculture at NC State

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Children can learn about farming at NC State (WTVD)

The annual NC State Farm Animal Days is happening until Friday at the Beef Educational Unit. The event aims to educate young children and adults on the importance of agriculture.

Wednesday, hundreds of kids, along with their parents, navigated through displays of horses, cows, goats, and baby chickens to name a few. Each learning about the importance of agriculture.

Issac Smith is six. He said that though he doesn't have any pets of his own, he still enjoys animals and learning about them.

"I really like to get out to the bird feeder, so I see a lot of interesting early birds that come to our bird feeder, such as those red belly woodpeckers, I see a lot of chickadees and a lot of those cardinals," he said.

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The children learned about farm life, not only from agriculture professionals, but from students currently enrolled at NC State. Dr. Billy Flowers is one of the professors overlooking the event.

"We get to educate the public and then our students get the chance to explain the importance of what they're studying and why they're studying it and things like that," he said.

Renee White is a mother who brought her two small kids to Farm Animal Days.

"They learn about agriculture just living species in general they really enjoy it, it's fun," she said.

The three-day event brings livestock, equine, and poultry up close and personal.
"Now days agriculture progression has become so proficient that it has allowed people to go to the grocery store and buy anything that they want but it all starts here on the farm," said Dr. Flowers.

No registration is needed for Farm Animal Days, which is a free event. It is located at North Carolina State University, Beef Educational Unit, 4505 Mid Pines Rd. The event starts daily at 9 a.m. and ends at two.

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