Rochester FFA members share knowledge with Rochester 4th graders

Ivy Tech Agriculture’s Mobile Lab put to use at ‘environmental day’

Jacob Flook and Austin Foster present information about tree growth and “timber cruising.”

Lisa Paxton, Ivy Tech Agriculture program chair, instructs students to determine soil particle size by shaking the soil through a sieve.

Testing soils, measuring timber, learning about animal byproducts and what to look for in the meat case at the grocery – all this and more were part of recent environmentally based workshops presented to the Rochester School Corporation’s 4th grade students using Ivy Tech Community College’s mobile agriculture lab.

Lisa Paxton, Agriculture program chair for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses, worked with Rochester FFA members in presenting the hands-on workshops at the Geneva Center in Rochester in May.

The activities included: Taking Soil Samples; Soil Particles Sizes and their Environmental Impact; Timber Cruising to Determine Board Feet; Tree Growth; Animal Science Byproducts Utilization; Livestock Cuts of Meat; and Leadership Development Activities.


Ross Pearson and Dakota Stricklin work with students in studying the water-holding capacity in various soil samples.




Members of Rochester’s Future Farmers of America chapter helped put the Ivy Tech Agriculture Mobile Lab classroom to use for Rochester 4th grade’s “environmental day” at Geneva Center.
Left-right (front row): Samantha Jolley, Alexis Jolley, Alivia Williams; (back row): Jacob Flook, Ross Pearson, Austin Foster, Dakota Stricklin


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit
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