Seeing life on the farm ...


Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service held its annual Ag Science Day on Friday at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

Seventh-graders from the North Zulch and Madisonville school districts gathered to learn from agriculture and animal experts in an outdoor classroom.

Workshops covered alcohol awareness, bees, hog control, water, vet science, wildlife, rabbits and cattle.

Instructors included veterinarian Dr. Denise Easterling, Texas A&M University associate professor and extension beef cattle specialist Jason Cleere and other volunteers. Local youth pastors Matt Kerry and Josh Schwartz also helped out.

Extension Program Assistant Leslie Lazenby said about 200 students participated in the event, which is held every year. The kids are there from 9 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. and rotate among the various booths.