The Agricultural Education Club held its 5th annual Ag Awareness Day Tuesday, April 15, 2014 on the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus.
Organized under the leadership of students in the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club, the goal of the event is to increase awareness of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and showcase the critical role American agriculture plays in maintaining a strong economy, especially as the world population continues to grow. A broad range of Minnesota agricultural producers, associations, and corporations and government agencies joined the students in this effort.
Some booths had interactive displays; Minnesota Soybean had a wheel with various aspects of soybean production. Once a person would spin the wheel, they would be asked a question about soybeans and get an award for their participation. Thirteen commodity groups attended and participated in the event.
“I enjoy sharing the message of agriculture with fellow students” said Agricultural Education student, Vinz Karl. Cassie Olson, one of the event’s student co-chairs and Agricultural Education student loved seeing the people interact with the animals and businesses. Jessica Boyum, an Animal Science major, brought two Simmental cows from her family farm for people to see. Jessica was happy to share information about her family farm and beef production.
Ag Awareness Day gives University of Minnesota students and faculty the chance to interact with animals, ask questions about food, agriculture and natural resources, and meet some of the people in the industry.
Student organizers wish to thank major sponsor CHS Foundation for its support. Gratitude is also extended to Gold ‘n Plump, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Turkey.