"The [Future Farmers of America] is really something I want to get into," Parsons said. "There's so many farms around here, ... and I think a lot of students are going to be interested."
The agricultural science program won't be only about animals and farming, though, Grant said.
"It's not realistic to think agriculture is just farming. It's technology, cell biology, it's very research based and record keeping is a huge component," Grant said. "It's so much more."
About 35 students have already signed up to take the course this semester, and Grant believes as word spreads about the program it will grow.
"It's not just for kids who farm. Ag relates to everything -- food, clothing, and there's the mechanical side," Grant said. "We all have to eat, and the consumer education side of it is just as important."
Grant got her undergraduate degree at Potomac State University and earned her masters in agriculture science at West Virginia University. She lives with her husband on a farm about 20 minutes away from the school in Mason County where they raise cattle. Last year, she taught agricultural science at Lincoln County High School, but came to Buffalo because it's closer to home and has a smaller student body.
"I spent time at the [Putnam] county fair a few weeks ago and the community support about the new program was unreal. I could probably think of five people I've met recently who would come and plow all this land today," she said referring to the seven acres adjacent to the school that American Electric Power leased to the program.
Grant said she wants to make her class as hands-on as possible so she won't hesitate to bring a cow, fish or a chicken for students to examine.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," she said.
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