March 7, 2019 - Arlington ISD students competed recently in the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show in Fort Worth. Students exhibited their livestock, both breeding and market, in cattle, sheep, goat, chicken and rabbit species, along with their agricultural mechanics projects. Students also submitted their work in other divisions, including leather works, desserts, plants/flower arrangements, metal art, photography and other artistic categories.
This is just the second year Arlington ISD’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) students have competed in this show. It’s also just the second year the AISD’s new Agricultural Science Center, funded by the 2014 Bond program, has been open.
“This is a direct correlation with the bond and new Ag Center,” said Kyle Durr, AISD ag teacher and FFA advisor. “Before the bond and the construction of the Ag Center, we could not facilitate the amount of participation and student success that we have now.”
The new facility opened agriculture education to all high school students in the district. Previously, only Arlington High School and Martin High School had ag programs. Now, students from all six AISD high schools can – and do – attend classes at the new facility. Student participation in FFA has soared as well.
“We’ve had more teams compete in our leadership development events, livestock shows, and career development teams than ever before,” Durr said.