US (KS): Students peer into future of agriculture at Pittsburg hydroponic farm

FFA student leaders in Kansas get an up-close-and-personal look at sustainable food. “We’re really focused on continuing to grow agriculture and knowledge of agriculture for all students across the US. Not only that, but we are also helping grow leaders across the world. And in our ag communities, we will have a main focus on creating a future for everyone,” said Christian Pena.

Kansas FFA members have been taking part in a two-day regional chapter education leadership seminar at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. On Friday, an educational field trip had a group of about 60 students at Leafy Green Farms, where they toured the facility and learned about the process involving organic hydroponic farming.

“This tour was amazing. It really lets us all dive deep into what agriculture is turning into. We all come from traditional, a lot of us come from traditional ag backgrounds where we do a lot of row crop, we do a lot of pivot irrigation, and here we get to see how to grow it in a smaller space,” said Pena.

“Being able to teach people about agriculture, and I think that you know us having the opportunity to come here, we’re blessed to have these them let us do that. We learned a whole lot, and then we’re talking about them putting these in schools around the state. So agriculture literacy,” said Tanner Templeton.


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