Hands-on agricultural learning took another step forward with the recent launch of a Future Farmers of America (FFA) program in Missoula, Mont., that features both a farm to raise animals along with a facility to process the meat.
The more than 330 students who participate in the agricultural science program will now be able to raise cows, pigs and lamb in addition to running their own meat processing facility, a program that took eight years to achieve, according to a report from the local ABC affiliate.
The teachers who help the students manage the FFA program note that having both facilities allows the participants to experience the complete cycle from the conception of the animals to the slaughter and processing of animals into various meat products, the report added.
Missoula residents also will benefit, as programs already are in place to sell hamburger from the plant to the Missoula County Public Schools. The program reportedly also is expected to eventually provide hamburger for the entire school district within the next few years.
Source: meatingplace.com, 6-19-19