For 19 years Doña Ana County Farm Bureau has provided free buses to area educators for field trips that relate to agriculture and beginning Monday, August 20, educators can call in to reserve their free bus. The goal of the program is to help students develop a deeper understanding of the important role agriculture plays in their lives and community. It is also vital that students understand what careers are available in agriculture since growing enough food to feed an increasing global population while protecting natural resources is a real concern. It is the hope of the Doña Ana County Farm Bureau that these educational field trips will help inspire future generations to choose careers in the agricultural science fields.

AGventure Field Trip

Students from Las Cruces Public Schools participate in an AGventure Days field trip to the Southern New Mexico State Fair. For the 20th year, Doña Ana County Farm Bureau will provide free buses for teachers to take their classes on educational, ag-related field trips.

The Doña Ana County Farm Bureau’s Free Bus Program offers a free bus to K-12 classrooms throughout the county that want to attend an agricultural based field trip during the 2018-19 school year. Many classes opt to explore the Mesilla Valley Maze, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, or many of the outstanding and unique educational opportunities found at the New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

There is also a special bus program for the Southern New Mexico State Fair AGventure Days program on September 26-28. This year the Doña Ana County Farm Bureau has decided to sponsor two buses for third-graders to take part in the two-day educational program. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 27, will feature a special AGventure especially for third-graders. Each participating school group will have a guided tour of the fair with several educational stations and entertainment mixed in along the way. Educational station topics include: Amazing Animals, Plant and Insect Explorations, Farming Machines Then & Now, Sheep to Shawl and other educational demonstrations. The fair is providing some outstanding entertainment with Canine in the Clouds/Athletic Stunt Dogs, Arial Acrobats, and a juggler/comedian.

Friday, Sept. 28, of the AGventure program is geared especially for middle- and high-school students with the STEM Ag Career Fair Day. Students will explore various careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), agricultural and natural resource fields. Students will also engage with a variety of agriculture career superheros such as a soil scientist, large animal veterinarian, farmer, rancher, entomologist, biologist, and food scientist — just to name a few.

Registration for each program can be completed online at www.nmaitc.org under the “Happenings” tab. Registration opens Monday, August 20. Buses for each program are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Doña Ana County Farm & Livestock Bureau is a member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. NMF&LB is the state’s largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917. For information about joining, please call 575-532-4703 or visit www.nmflb.org.