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Burchfiels host Dyer County Farm Bureau Ag Day in Tatumville

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rusty Grills (standing) and John Butler (far right) give a presentation on corn to fifth-graders from Finley Elementary. Pam Bishop's class from Christ Classical Academy also attended the event and joined Finley students in going to each station.
Melissa Lowery (left) with the Boll Weevil Eradication Program shows students from Brandi Hinson's class from Trimble Elementary what cotton is like after it is pulled from the boll.
Fifth-grade students from across the county and city recently paid a visit to the farm of Malcolm and Phyllis Burchfiel for the 2012 Dyer County Farm Bureau Ag Day.

The field trip to the Tatumville community was not only a fun destination for the students, but a chance for them to learn about Dyer County's No. 1 industry.

The students were given presentations by local experts on cotton, corn, and soybeans and the products produced from these crops. They also got to pet and hold farm animals, a first for many of them.

Dyer County's largest business segment is agribusiness. Over 200,000 acres are farmed here, with a value of approximately $132,000,000. In Tennessee, Dyer County repeatedly ranks as the top county in soybean production. According to the University of Tennessee Extension office, agriculture in Dyer County generates an approximate annual value of $72.1 million dollars in revenue.

Hunter Grills speaks to the students of Kayla Dawson and Patty Via from Holice Powell Elementary. Grills pointed out the versatility of the crop and its many uses.
Local farmer Eric Maupin (standing right) teamed with John Butler and Rusty Grills to inform the students of Fifth Consolidated about corn products. The men used products such as Corn Pops and examples of ethanol in gasoline to teach the children.
Visit photo galleries for more photos from the event.

Finley teacher Anna Hatch holds Rusty Grills' daughter Hayden while he gives his presentation about corn.
Members of the Dyer County FFA chapter volunteered for the Farm Bureau Ag Day to assist the students. From left: Theron Gean, Macye Walker, Morgan Walker, Reed Hester, James Moore, McKenze Carnell, Zach Burchfiel, Wessley White, Hayley Box, Katie Smith, and Addison Tyus.
Finley Elementary fifth-grade teachers Amanda Faye Brooks (left), Anna Hatch (center), and Cindy Taylor (right) accompanied their students to the 2012 Dyer County Farm Bureau Ag Day. The teachers stated the outing was an excellent outdoor learning experience that brought several learning standards to life for the students.
Students from the fifth grade at Finley Elementary School show their smiles after their field trip to the 2012 Dyer County Farm Bureau Ag Day in Tatumville.
Eric Maupin (far right) finishes spraying Kerrie McGuire (left), Melissa Saye (center), and Blair McDowell (right) with silly string after students missed a question during a pop quiz on the corn presentation.

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Thanks Dyer County FFA Officers,volunteers and to the Burchfields. This means alot to the kids that attend this event each year. For many, it is the only time they have been exposed to true farm events even though they live in a farming community.

-- Posted by dcmom on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 4:38 PM

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