The University of Wisconsin-River Falls chapter of the Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the fourth annual Ag Day on Campus on April 24 to promote all that Wisconsin agriculture has to offer. With interactive events taking place all day, students, faculty and community members are invited to learn more about agriculture, interact with animals, and enjoy food grown and raised by local farmers. The theme for this year’s free event is Field Gate to Dinner Plate.
Student organizations in the UWRF College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), along with local agricultural businesses, will have educational and interactive booths set up outside the University Center in the middle of campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is also invited to a short ceremony at noon featuring the 71st Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley.
A free meal will be served in the Agricultural Science building beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Annaliese Wegner, an online “agvocate” better known as Modern-Day Farm Chick, will speak about her personal experience in agriculture, and educate the audience on where food comes from and how it gets from the farm to one’s dinner plate each day. Wegner graduated from UWRF in 2010 with a dairy science major. She met her husband, Tom, at a UWRF Dairy Club event and they operate a dairy farm in Wisconsin with his parents.
With the present population becoming increasingly removed from farming, the UWRF Collegiate Farm Bureau takes great pride in educating the public about agricultural topics related to the food people eat and the products they use. CAFES students hope to do their part to create a voice for farmers and a vision for agriculture during the event.
Sponsors for this year’s event are:
Barn Raiser Level. Foremost Farms and Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board
Harvester Level. Compeer Financial, Alta Genetics, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Milk Source
Cultivator Level. Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Dairy Farmers of America, Ozaukee County Farm Bureau, Day-Kel Jerseys, Sheboygan County Farm Bureau, Countryside Cooperative, Paulus Dairy, Shawano County Farm Bureau, Helmer Dairy Farm and River City Stitch
Seed Sower Level. Wisconsin Pork Association and Chrisleacres Registered Holsteins
In the event of rain, the outdoor portion of Ag Day on Campus will be held May 1. The evening speaker and meal, however, will remain on April 24, no matter the weather.