Polk students observe latest agriculture research

Published 2:13 pm Monday, April 3, 2017

Recently 14 students from the Polk County High School Agriculture Program toured the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Center near Fletcher, N.C. The students are currently enrolled in the horticulture classes taught by Chauncey Barber.

As part of the tour the students were able to observe the work being done in the vegetable and ornamental programs at the research farm. Polk students visited the tissue culture lab where scientists are developing new plants for both the nursery and bio-fuels industries. Tours of both the tomato and ornamental greenhouses gave students an opportunity to see some of the most recent work in the world of plant breeding.

“One of the goals of our Ag program at Polk County High School is to show students the current methods of farming as well as those new crops and methods to be used in the future,” said Chauncey Barber. “The kids always come away from this trip learning something that we could not gain from the classroom.”

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In addition to Barber the students were accompanied by volunteer John Vining.

– article submitted by Chauncey Barber