Bleckley County FFA

Bleckley FFA members attend NRCW at ABAC

Written By: Billie Lumley - Aug• 07•19

Bleckley County was represented the week of June 9 – 13 at the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Sophomores Joni Lumley and Lucy Wiegert were sponsored by the Central Georgia Conservation District to attend the NRCW.

Lucy Wiegert, Joni Lumley
Lucy Wiegert & Joni Lumley

The students participating in the workshop attended lectures and hands-on activities to boost their knowledge of Georgia’s vital natural resources. Local, state, and federal natural resource agencies and specialists from universities hosted these sessions. These professionals consisted of ABAC admissions personnel, the Department of Natural Resources, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service, the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA, the Georgia Soil and Water Conversation Commission, and many private industries and organizations.

“The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to engage high school students in the importance of natural resources and agriculture in Georgia,” NRCW Interim Director Kip Hall, an assistant professor of forestry at ABAC, said. “During NRCW, students gain a new perspective on conversation, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture with both classroom and outdoor experiential learning. The workshop opens the door for many students to consider a college major for a career in agriculture and natural resources.”

We greatly appreciate the Central Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District for sponsoring these two Bleckley County High School students and helping to expand their knowledge of conserving Georgia’s natural resources.

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