Third-grade students from throughout Halifax County got up close and personal with agriculture for three days last week during the Farm Bureau Farm, Animal and Safety Day program held at Halifax County Fairgrounds.

Over 300 students from seven county elementary schools learned about ATV safety, plant science, forestry, animal production, soil and water science and bee keeping in different stations for 20 minutes each in the three-day classroom, which ran Tuesday through Thursday.

Students also learned about the Halifax County 4-H program as well as about different kinds of soils.

The animal and safety day event promotes Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom program, a statewide educational program providing resources, training and support to schools, educators and volunteers so that they can meaningfully connect children to agriculture, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau website.

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) connects children to agriculture by helping educators and students understand the impact of agriculture on their daily lives, their health, society, the economy and the environment.

The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness and understanding for agriculture and its many processes.

Since the program began, AITC has served almost 17,000 teachers through workshops.

Virginia Farm Bureau established the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program (AITC) in 1987 to educate teachers and students about the importance of agriculture.

AITC is a part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture - Virginia and the nation’s largest industry.