Come Join the AG Department
Looking for a way to get involved at PHS? Come check out a department with the sole purposes of helping students grow on a personal level, develop leadership abilities and aim them toward career success: the agricultural department.
“If there are any students that have not been down to check out Ag and what we have to offer, please come and see us. You will get out of it what you put into it,” said Agriculture Teacher Cory Scott.
Scott is working to expand the department even further this year. He is currently trying to get a building project started to get the animals out of the greenhouse in order to expand plant production. Many students and adults in the department are involved in raising funds for a barn. PHS has pigs on campus, and this year the pig project is bigger and better than ever.
Currently the department has four female pigs on campus (See Right) and four females off campus still part of the program.
There is always something new happening with this part of the ag Department. Even the agriculture business classes are taking part in trying to make the pig project even more worthwhile.
“Our business classes are going to track more things about them to monitor and study efficiency so we can improve and be more profitable,” said Scott.
Aside from the pigs, there are plenty of other aspects to this part of the school. From horticulture to advanced life science, there is room for everyone, and all of the projects are driven by student interest.
“Our students want to keep trying new things and challenging themselves on higher levels. We are just here to offer guidance and make sure that everyone is safe,” said Scott.
With such a student based program, officers are needed, and this year they are juniors Nick Padgett, Chloe Elliott and Audrey Manship, sophomores Harley Bush, Murphy Laws, Tony Lowe, Myranda Hickman and Jalyn Engleking.
“There’s so much to be a part of. Coming up we have our Chapter Kick-Off on August 29 and parade float decorating on August 31. There are also soil evaluation practices every Tuesday and Thursday as well as field trips to the National FFA Convention in October and the North American International Livestock Exposition in November,” said Scott.
Come and check out what’s growing in the Ag Department, you will not be disappointed.
Story by Kennedy Embry