Phoenix Convention Center North, Ballroom 120 D Foyer
Samantha Jo Croat, Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
The South Dakota State University Agronomy and Conservation Club focused on promoting the importance of agriculture in the community by hosting their inaugural Sandbox Fill Fundraiser. With donations of sand and equipment from local construction companies, club members brought happiness to young children while teaching them how important and useful the soil beneath our feet really is. Although it was a fundraiser, the real reward was seeing the eager children enjoy their new sand. This project will become a tradition for the SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club. The club also spread agricultural knowledge at the Washington Pavilion Ag-Day where over 1,000 school age and younger children made cereal necklaces while learning where their cereal comes from (corn, wheat, oats, rice etc.). Other events include creating weed/forage plant mounts and seeds for area high schools and FFA members to utilize as a learning tool, and volunteering at the “Feeding Brookings” organization, a non-profit that helps community members make ends meet each month by providing the necessary food and household items. The great group of students in the Agronomy and Conservation club care about the community as much as agriculture. Advocating the significance of agriculture can change the world for the better a little bit each day.