Lee County Ag Expo returns after two-year pause

Floriculture 2022: AFC FFA & Lee Co. 4-H member Andrea Buhrow taught students about the needs of a seed. Students planted seeds to take home. Photo submitted

AMBOY — In spite of the rain, more than 400 people gathered at the Lee County 4-H Center and Fairgrounds for the return of Ag Expo on Friday, April 22.

This annual event turned 15 after its two year hiatus because of COVID restrictions. Ag Expo strives to make the broad topic of agriculture relevant to Lee County fifth graders. A total of 375 Students from Madison Elementary (Dixon), Ashton-Franklin Center, Amboy, St. Mary’s, Steward and Paw Paw rotated through nine workshops.

Workshop topics included horticulture, grains, dairy, food origins, pollinators, soil science, insects, water conservation and various farm animals. Fifty volunteers and workshop presenters came from the Amboy FFA Chapter, AFC FFA Chapter, Lee Co. 4-H, Oxbo, Enel Green Power, University of Illinois Extension CLW, Lee Co. Master Gardeners, Whiteside Co. Ag in the Classroom, Lee Co. Ag in the Classroom, Facilitating Coordinators of Agriculture Education and Nutrients for Life Foundation. 

The event began with a presentation from Kayla Halfacre, Culvers-Dixon, who connected her restaurant to farms. The students enjoyed a dish of Culvers custard during lunch. 

The Ag Expo committee includes Lee Co. Farm Bureau, Lee Co. Soil & Water Conservation District, Lee Co. 4-H, and Lee Co. Ag in the Classroom.