Arkansas youth can explore the world of agriculture this summer with two online, half-day camps designed to teach them about food and fitness.

Both camps are for youth ages 8-12 and will be offered via Zoom video conferencing.

“Exploring the World of Agriculture” will be offered July 28 from 9:30 a.m.- noon. Youth will tour a rice field to learn how rice is grown and then visit the Flying C Ranch in Conway to learn about raising cattle. They will also see a cooking demonstration and learn about fitness and wellness.

“Let’s Get Moooving” will be offered July 31 from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Participants will learn about the dairy industry during a virtual trip to a Conway farm to meet a dairy farmer and see where the dairy cows live, what they eat and how they are milked. Youth also will learn how to make ice cream.

“It’s a great way for youth to learn more about where food comes from and the work that goes into producing it,” said Kami Green, Faulkner County extension agent. “Both camps also include fitness activities designed to get youth up and moving.”

Both camps are offered through Faulkner County 4-H but are open to youth statewide. Membership in Arkansas 4-H is not required.

The cost of each camp is $15 and includes a supply kit that will be mailed to participants before the camp. The kits include educational guides to rice, beef, corn, poultry and cotton production and other supplies provided by Arkansas 4-H, the Arkansas Beef Council, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and other sponsors.

For more information about the camps and to register, contact Green at kgreen@uaex.edu or call 501-749-8924.

To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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