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Sumter Middle FFA members experience ‘miracle of nature’

AMERICUS — Alexa Pina-Mendez and Skyler Pemberton, Sumter County Middle School FFA members, were the first to check the agriculture class incubator on day 21. The chicks were hatching right on schedule. Several students “adopted” an egg before it hatched by writing their name on the shell. Some students were happy with the results, while some were disappointed. Nature is a wonderful thing, and like with the incubator, if you successfully control the temperature, the humidity, and the constant flow of electricity, you can predict the outcome!

While working with the students, Brinson Brock, Sumter Middle School agriculture teacher, used this experience as a teachable moment. He told the students, “A solid education, employability, and team building skills will help to create opportunity for a successful career!”

The agriculture students also learned that the poultry industry serves as one of Georgia’s top 10 commodities. Chicken eggs, broilers, and chick production create thousands of jobs for the state’s economy.