Paul Smith, Gates County Ag Agent, has spent the last five years dreaming, planning, fundraising, negotiating, networking and tirelessly working to bring his dream of the Agri-Pride Simulator to fruition. With the help of East Coast Equipment, NC Farm Bureau in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties, Northeast Ag Expo and NC State University this has culminated with a simulator that will be used to educate youth and adults about the value of six commodity crops grown in North Carolina.
Participants step into the cab of the combine, have a seat at the controls, and are greeted with the following message: “Hello, and welcome to the Agri Pride Simulator. You’ve entered the cab of a big machine that combines the jobs of harvesting, threshing and cleaning grain crops on the farm. Are you ready to experience what its like to be a farmer harvesting crops? Select the NC Crop you’d like to harvest today. Choose either Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat, Potatoes or Peanuts and lets get to work!” After choosing their crop they “look out the windshield of the combine” and learn about the selected crop as they ride along while it is harvested. Knowledge gained includes cost of equipment, value of the crop raised, uses of the crop raised and nutritional information.
The Agri-Pride Simulator is available for agriculture field days, schools, fairs, trade shows, commodity groups, etc… and can be booked by visiting the Northeast Ag Expo website (can begin booking exhibit after March 15, 2016).