Oregon Department of Agriculture – ODA Director to hand out education award at Ag Fest

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba will present funds to three winners of the second annual Oregon Ag Fest Agricultural Education Award this coming Sunday, April 28, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The awards presentation is part of the 26th annual Oregon Ag Fest to be held over the weekend.

The purpose of the Ag Fest Agricultural Education Award is to reward student organizations, non-profit organizations, or classrooms that promote and educate Oregonians about agriculture and extend the Oregon Ag Fest mission beyond its annual interactive event.

“I’m thrilled to be recognizing these wonderful organizations for their agricultural outreach and education efforts,” says Coba. “Ag Fest is a terrific event, but it’s only two days out of the year. These groups help give ag education a year round presence.”

Cove FFA is the recipient of the first place award for their Cove Agriculture Education Center (CAEC), receiving $1000. CAEC consists of a school garden, chicken coop, which allows the kindergarten students to collect the eggs each day, and many other educational opportunities that reach over 1200 people in the community annually. Henley FFA received $600 for their education outreach efforts to local elementary students, including a farm field day and FFA student taught Ag in the Classroom lessons. The Cascade FFA alumni was awarded third place, and $400, for their annual Agricultural Safety Day targeting local third grade students.

The Agricultural Education Awards ceremony will take place at 12 noon, Sunday, April 28, on the main stage in the Americraft Center at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Representatives from all three organizations will be present to accept their award.

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