FFA students expected to make thousands of dollars at this year's Kern County Fair
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hundreds of students are taking center stage this week at the Kern County Fair as part of the Future Farmers of America organization, which prepares teens for a career in agriculture.
Young people are learning that agriculture is more than just planting, and harvesting. It's a science, an art and a business with the opportunity to make thousands of dollars.
There are many things high school student Holly Montgomery does to make Betsy is ready for show.
"I feed her, clean her every morning. I walk her once a day and wash her," she said.
At the end of the day, the hard work pays off as members of the FFA program are offered big bucks for their livestock.
"It really varies. I got her for a thousand so, I have someone interested in paying me two thousand," she said.
Some students expect to make between $4,000 and $5,000 per livestock at this year's fair.
"You walk him so, he gains muscle and you just give him lots of love and attention," said student Tessa Bresette.
But its not all about the money. Students learn about responsibility, leadership and personal growth.
"I've learned that you raise these animals for slaughter. I mean, some go to the homeless shelter while others go to people's tables. For me, I know its going to a good cause," said Bresette.
Many students take part in FFA programs through out the country, at this year's fair, about 300 young people are from Highland High School alone.
"Ag is such a big thing here in Kern County and I think its great to be a part of it," said student, Rebecca Vega.
Students learn first hand what it takes to be a successful farmer helping feed a growing population.
"They know its going to be a lot of work. They know its going to be a lot of time commitment and that vacations are going to be impacted," said teacher, Craig Davidson.
Students won't exactly know how much their livestock is worth until they go to auction later next week.
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