Cool Schools: Muhlenberg Co. Ag Club

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MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE) - Students at Muhlenberg County High School are learning how to use natural resources and preserve them for future generations through their agriculture program.

Students grow and sell plants in a greenhouse, construct storage buildings, raise fish through hydroponics as part of the agriculture program at the school.

About 400 students on both the east and west campuses are involved.

In a rural community like Muhlenberg County, you might think they would already know the ins and outs of agriculture but advisors say most students didn't grow up on a farm.

Students on the west campus are planting trees for wildlife habitat.

Kentucky wildlife officials teach them about conservation.

"You hear a lot about greenhouse gasses and the environment and we want students to understand that natural resources are here for us to use," FFA Advisor and Agriculture Teacher Jay McElwain says. "But we have to use them wisely."

Student Takaylia Bullock says she agrees. "If you take from the land you need to put back into it, so I think it's a good thing that we're re-growing."

Students also learn the business of agriculture.

"We teach basic business principles you can apply to anything," McElwain says. "Whether it's a husband and wife dealing with the finances, or if you want to go into business, whether it's agriculture or not."

McElwain says most students won't go into agriculture but they'll learn skills they can use wherever their futures take root.

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