PROJECT R.E.D. (Rural Education Day)
The Huron Conservation District has participated in Project R.E.D., sponsored by the Huron County Farm Bureau, since it began. Project R.E.D. is a day hundreds of students gather at the Huron Community Fairgrounds and visit various educational and hands-on stations where many volunteers and FFA clubs explain and/or demonstrate how agriculture and our natural resources play a role in all our lives.
Each year the District sponsors a poster contest with a conservation theme. The posters are displayed in the hall of the USDA Service Center for staff from the offices along with the District board to view and vote for their favorite posters. Each student receives a certificate of achievement for participating and cash awards are given to the students with the top four posters in each of the five divisions. The first place poster from each division then are sent on to the state competition held later in the year. In 2017, we received 324 enteries from 12 area schools. The theme for 2018 was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. We had four winner at the state level. For 2019 the theme will be “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”.
Each year the Huron and Tuscola Conservation Districts sponsor an Agri-Science/Land Judging Day in a farm field in either Huron or Tuscola county for junior and senior high school FFA and/or Agri-Science students. There are three soil judging sites, a water quality site and a forestry/wildlife site. At each of the soil judging sites the students are provided with information about the site and then are required to answer questions on a score card about physical features of the soil, problems which affect the use and management of the area, agricultural land use, recommended management and conservation practices for agricultural uses and suitable for non-agricultural uses. Technicians at the water quality site describe an on-farm scenario; using this information the students have some questions from an A*Syst tool and are asked to determine if the on-site risks are low, medium or high. They are also asked to make recommendations to help reduce the risk and protect ground and surface water. Information about trees and wildlife is shared with the students at the forestry/wildlife site then the students answer questions about the information provided. Cash awards are given to the top student at each participating school and a cash donation is awarded to the FFA chapter of the top student.
Each year staff members from Bay Port State Bank assist with serving lunch to the students and provide pop, water, apples, plates & napkins for the event.